DPD UK orders 750 electric vans

DPD UK has ordered 750 Maxus eDeliver electric delivery vans in a deal that will double the size of its electric fleet in the UK. The order includes 500 long-wheelbase 3.5 tonne eDeliver 9 vans and 250 of the smaller eDeliver 3 vans and will take the size of its electric fleet to almost 1,500 nationwide with a plan to have more than 1,700 on the road by the end of 2021.

The order includes both the 72kW and longer range 88kW eDeliver 9 vans – the latter giving far greater range than any other electric van on UK roads today with a range of 200 miles per charge.

DPD UK’s head of CSR, Olly Craughan, commented, “We’re absolutely delighted with the Maxus.  The 3.5t van is the workhorse of any delivery and collection fleet, so to get our hands on an EV with this kind of capacity and range is a real game-changer for us. We’ve got EVs in every DPD depot already, but they are largely focused on quite compact routes, usually in city centers, where range isn’t an issue. But this opens up the possibility of clean, green deliveries on a much larger scale.

“We know from our shippers that being able to offer their customers green deliveries is a huge plus point, while the feedback on the doorstep is similarly positive,” he continued. “Our aim is to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK entirely with zero- and low-emission delivery means by 2025, and this order begins to make that a reality.”

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