DPD UK has confirmed that it is now providing an all-electric delivery service to 10 UK towns and cities and is aiming for 30 all-electric locations by the end of 2023, five more than originally planned and two years earlier than expected.
In October 2020, DPD UK announced plans to create 25 all-electric towns and cities in the UK by 2025. In July 2021, Oxford became the first DPD ‘green’ city, with a fleet of 40 electric vehicles based at the new DPD Bicester eco-depot, delivering over 15,000 parcels a week across the city.
Today, DPD has confirmed that nine additional UK locations have achieved the same all-electric delivery status. The ten ‘green’ towns and cities are: Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Southampton and Stoke.
Progress is well underway at the remaining 15 original green delivery locations: Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Sheffield.
DPD UK now expects these locations to achieve all-electric status two years earlier than planned, by the end of 2023. In addition, the firm is now planning for five more towns, Birkenhead, Gateshead, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rotherham and Shipley to become all-electric by the end of 2023.
To-date, DPD has invested over £90m on all-electric vehicles in the UK, including the most recent order of 1,000 Ford E-Transit vans in May 2022, which will take the DPD electric vehicle fleet to over 2,500 in total.
The company, which hasn’t bought a diesel van since summer 2020, expects to deliver 26m parcels this year on electric vehicles, a saving of 7,200,000kg of CO2.
Elaine Kerr, DPD UK CEO, commented,
“By targeting major town and city centres with our electric vehicles, we can make a significant difference to emissions in those locations and help improve air quality where it is most needed. In addition to buying the vehicles, and investing in charging infrastructure, we continue to optimise our routing and operation, to create the smartest possible delivery system and reduce our overall miles per parcel.”