DPD orders 300 new electric vans for its UK fleet

2nd Feb 2020 Danny Morgan

DPD, the delivery and logistics behemoth, is to take delivery of 300 electric Nissan e-NV200 vans by May 2020.

The electric vans will be used across its UK network taking the total electric fleet for DPD to 450 vehicles – the largest in the UK according to the company.

DPD is targeting 10% of vehicles at all of its 68 UK depots to be electric by the end of the year as part of its sustainable and fleet electrification strategy.

The Nissan e-NV200 has a WLTP-approved range of 124-187 miles (presumably depending on load weight and conditions) and starts from £20,005 including the Government plug-in car grant. It can also be rapid charged from 0-80% in around 60 minutes or charged using a 7.4kW in less than eight hours.

Feedback from drivers has also been very positive according to DPD, while the company has also trained employees on how to adapt to the electric car lifestyle.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO, commented: “This is a real landmark day in the move to a more sustainable future for the parcel industry. 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. It is an all-encompassing revolution for our industry and electric, emission-free vehicles are at the heart of that vision.”

Peter McDonald, Fleet Director at Nissan Motor GB, said: “It’s exciting to see a company built on delivering on time and to schedule proving that an electric vehicle can work for them, while also making such a large commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. We’re seeing increased demand for the e-NV200 as more businesses look for an all-electric alternative. Nissan is able to deliver a fantastic product for them and fast.”

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