DPD is in the process of creating 30 “all-electric” cities and towns in the UK.
The company, which is the world’s largest parcel delivery company, has stated it is already offering an all-electric delivery service in ten UK towns and cities.
The firm holds the goal of reaching 30 all-electric sites by the end of 2023 – five more than initially planned and two years earlier than envisaged.
DPD plans to build 25 all-electric towns and communities in the UK by 2025.
Elaine Kerr, DPD UK CEO, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to confirm that we now have 10 UK towns and cities being delivered by an all-electric DPD fleet.
“One of our big aims is to be the UK’s most sustainable delivery company and by the end of 2023, we will have over 5,000 EVs on the road and 30 urban centres delivered on all-electric vehicles.”
The City of Oxford in the south-east of the UK will become DPD’s first “green” city in July 2021, with a fleet of 40 electric vehicles located at the new DPD Bicester eco-depot carrying over 15,000 items per week around the city.
DPD reported today that nine more UK sites have attained the same all-electric delivery certification.
The ten cities are: Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Southampton, and Stoke.
The company plans further services in: Birmingham, Brighton, Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Plymouth, Portsmouth, and Sheffield.
DPD now anticipates that these areas will be all-electric by the end of next year, two years earlier than previously planned.
Furthermore, the company is planning for five additional cities to go all-electric by the end of 2023: Birkenhead, Gateshead, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rotherham, and Shipley.
DPD has spent over £90 million on all-electric cars in the UK to date, including the most recent order of 1,000 Ford E-Transit vans in May 2022, bringing DPD’s total electric vehicle fleet to over 2,500.
The firm, which hasn’t purchased a diesel van since the summer of 2020, plans to deliver 26 million items using electric cars this year, saving 7,200,000kg of CO2.
Source: DPD UK