DPD to take delivery of 300 electric vans

In what is believed to be the largest UK EV van order to date, DPD UK is to take delivery of 300 new Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery vans this year. This will make the company the biggest EV fleet owner in the country.

DPD’s electric fleet will be 450 in number nationwide, with plans to take this beyond the target number of 500 nationwide by the end of 2020. By that stage, 10% of DPD’s fleet at its 68 depots will be all electric.

The Nissan e-NV200 has an official range of 124-187 miles per charge and can be rapid charged to 80% in an hour, or trickle charged to full capacity in eight hours. It has a 2.2 square metre load space and two sliding doors.

DPD has track record using the e-NV200, using them at different sites over the last 18 months. Drivers have responded well to them, and DPD offers special training to drivers using them as part of its electrification programme.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO, commented, “These vehicles are changing the way we work. It isn’t just a case of plugging them in and saying ‘Job done’. We are rethinking and re-engineering how we deliver parcels now and in the future with different route networks and new types of depots. It is an all-encompassing revolution for our industry and electric, emission-free vehicles are at the heart of that vision.”


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