DHL Parcel UK adds EV vans to fleet

As part of its parent company’s longer term commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions as per international agreements, DHL Parcel UK has announced it is adding 50 new electric vans to its fleet by the end of 2021.

The new vans are part of a national, £2.8 million investment and will be put into service in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol and Southampton, as well as adding new electric vans to its existing zero emissions fleet in London.

DHL Parcel UK’s new electric vans are the Mercedes Benz eSprinter L2. They have a range of 95 miles and a payload capacity of 775kgs. They are able to be rapid charged, keeping the vehicles on the road through the day.

Scott Laird, Vice President of Operations at DHL Parcel says: “Just a few months after our initial electric van deployment in London, we’re delighted to be entering the next phase of our roll-out plans, extending the benefits of these new vehicles across the country.

“The environmental benefits as well as the high performance of these electric vans make it possible to continue supporting customers through the growth of ecommerce while improving air quality in major cities.”

DHL Parcel UK’s parent company Deutsche Post DHL has announced that while it will meet UK government demands for all new vehicles in its fleet by 2030, and will do the same in other countries where legislation demands, just 60% of its international fleet will be zero emission by 2030, so it can use combustion engine vehicles where laxer climate protection legislation permits.

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