DPD electrifies London

DPD has opened its first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and has announced plans for seven more such sites in London.

London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues, said: “London’s toxic air contributes to thousands of early deaths each year and is putting the health of children at risk so it’s good to see businesses like DPD preparing for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and helping protect Londoners’ health by transforming their delivery fleet.“

With a capacity to deliver up to 2,000 parcels a day using its all EV fleet, the 5,000 square foot facility on Vandon Street is to be known as DPD Westminster. The delivery company has spent more than £500,000 refurbishing the site including the introduction of a charging system that enables the deployment of EVs without infrastructure upgrades.

DPD Westminster is to reduce its emissions by an estimated 45 tonnes of CO2 annually. As more electric vehicles join the fleet this should fall even more.

Three new electric vehicles are being used by DPD. Two Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter 7.5 tonne lorries will supply the depot while 10 Nissan eNV200 electric vans will move many of the deliveries to customers. In addition DPD is using seven Norwegian Paxter micro-vehicles – 23 more are on order. These are to serve the immediate area around the depot and should do 60 stops per charge per day.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD commented: “Reducing and neutralising our carbon footprint; providing smarter and more efficient urban delivery solutions and driving innovation are at the heart of DPD’s DrivingChange programme.  We want to be the leader in alternative fuel vehicles in the UK, with the ultimate aim being to move to a zero emission fleet.

“Westminster is clearly the first step towards that goal and will be instrumental in developing our future EV proposition and strategy.  DPD Westminster is an outstanding location and the vehicles are fantastic.  We looked at a wide range of options before making our decision and we’ve been testing these three models extensively in recent months.  In terms of reliability and performance they have been excellent.

“There are still significant external issues to be overcome in terms of the infrastructure to support an all-electric fleet on the scale we need, across the whole of central London.  But I’m delighted with our proposition here and we will continue to work with the key stakeholders to realise our aims and support the Mayor of London and TfL’s ambition for a cleaner and less congested capital.”