DPD expands EV fleet with 1,000 new Ford E-Transits

DPD is expanding its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) to more than 2,500, with the purchase of 1,000 Ford E-Transits.

The deal with Ford was announced at Fully Charged Live, the clean energy and electric vehicle show at Farnborough.

DPD’s new vans will operate from depots across the UK, with the first examples arriving in May. The parcel delivery company has opted for the 3.5-tonne long wheelbase E-Transit, with 12.4 cubic metres of load space.

The Ford E-Transit order is part of DPD’s pledge to be “the greenest delivery company on the planet.”

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“Getting our hands on the electric Ford Transit feels like a really big moment. 3.5t vans are the workhorse of any delivery fleet, and we are no different,” DPD UK head of sustainability Olly Craughan said.

“We’ve said all along that we need the main commercial van manufacturers to step-up with affordable models and largescale production of right-hand drive vans to really get the EV revolution going in the UK. And Ford have done just that.

“The E-Transit is well priced, has a good range and comes with all the support you would expect from Ford.

“We had a fantastic response from everyone at Fully Charged Live – from the debates in the conference hall to discussions on the exhibition stand.  People really appreciate what we are doing with electric vehicles and all our other green initiatives.”

In addition to running over 2,500 electric vehicles in the UK, DPD has also invested in a series of recycling and circular economy initiatives that resulted in the company being named ‘Sustainable Business of the Year’ at the Business Champion Awards in London recently.

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