DPD UK orders 1,000 Ford E-Transits

At the electric vehicles festival Fully Charged Live last weekend, leading UK delivery firm DPD announced it had ordered 1,000 Ford E-Transit vans. This will take its zero emissions delivery fleet to 2,500 vehicles in total.

The E-Transits are the 3.5 tonne, 135kWh long wheelbase version with 12.4 cubic metres of payload capacity. The first vehicles are to be delivered in May and will operate out of depots across the UK.

La Groupe La Poste owned DPD has pledged to be the ‘greenest delivery company on the planet’ and its UK arm was named ‘Sustainable Business of the Year’ at the Business Champion Awards in London earlier this year thanks to its transport and other sustainable practices.

Olly Craughan, Head of Sustainability, DPDgroup UK commented, “Getting our hands on the electric Ford Transit feels like a really big moment. 3.5t vans are the workhorse of any delivery fleet, and we are no different. We’ve said all along that we need the main commercial van manufacturers to step-up with affordable models and largescale production of right-hand drive vans to really get the EV revolution going in the UK. And Ford have done just that. The E-Transit is well priced, has a good range and comes with all the support you would expect from Ford.

“We had a fantastic response from everyone at Fully Charged Live – from the conference debates to discussions on the exhibition stand. People really appreciate what we are doing with electric vehicles and all our other green initiatives. It is the same with our big retail customers too. They want to see their parcels delivered on green DPD vans, because they know their customers really appreciate it too. This order is a big step forward in terms of electrifying our whole fleet and becoming ‘the greenest delivery company on the planet’.”

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