DPD is set to begin testing “the world’s first purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle” in Central London.
The delivery giant has partnered with Scandinavian electric vehicle startup Volta Trucks and will begin pilot testing of its new high-tech Volta Zero model.
This new 16 tonne fully electric truck will begin delivering DPD packages in London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone at the start of 2020.
It comes as DPD announced it was investing £200 million in its network in order to match a spike in demand during what it called “the biggest boom in online retailing in the UK’s history”.
“The vehicle is an ideal fit for our Urban Logistics strategy; and the fact that it will be the most sustainable commercial vehicle is a fantastic achievement too, and mirrors our own strategy to be the UK’s leader in sustainable delivery,” DPD’s general manager Olly Craughan said.
Volta Trucks chief executive Rob Fowler added: “As the world’s first purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle, the Volta Zero was specifically designed to deliver parcels and freight in inner city locations where today’s air quality and noise pollution challenges are at their worst.
“The Volta Zero’s full-electric, zero-emission operation is perfectly suited to DPD’s distribution requirements within London’s strict Ultra Low Emission Zone, delivering parcels to Central London’s customers in a clean and efficient way.”