DPD has bought 300 electric Nissan delivery vans creating the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) delivery fleet amid a major sustainability push.
The delivery giant will add 300 Nissan e-NV200 EV’s to its fleet by the start of May this year, with aims to grow its total to 500 vans by the end of the year, accounting for 10 per cent of its entire fleet.
“This is a real landmark day in the move to a more sustainable future for the parcel industry,” DPD’s chief executive Dwain McDonald said.
“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.”
Its new Nissan vans can travel up to 187 miles on one charge and be rapidly recharged to 80 per cent battery in around an hour.
This major purchase follows a successful pilot with the vans over the last 18 months, including an in-house training programme to help drivers adapt to electric vehicles.
“It is an all-encompassing revolution for our industry and electric, emission-free vehicles are at the heart of that vision,” McDonald added.
“Credit to Nissan who have stepped up and made affordable righthand drive vehicles available in significant numbers, but we can take far more, if other manufacturers do the same. These vehicles have been proven in the one of the harshest environments.
“They are quiet, reliable and they get the job done for us, day in, day out. This enables us to say to more and more customers, ‘we’re delivering your parcels emission-free’, which is a key selling point when we are talking to retailers.”