UK parcel delivery service DPD has announced a third all-electric depot in Park Lane and more electric vehicles on order. 

DPD Chief Operating Officer, Justin Pegg has also backed a plan from the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) aimed at transforming how deliveries work in the capital.

The plan sets out how the industry can continue to meet the freight and servicing needs of London’s growing population and economy, whilst reducing the number of freight vehicles entering central London by 10 % over six years.

Justin Pegg commented: “We fully support the plans outlined by the Mayor and TfL.  We are working with them and a wide range of stakeholders to deliver our vision for London.  DPD’s central London van fleet already meets the ULEZ standard, but we are looking to go further and create an all-electric fleet and a new network of micro depots across the capital.  Micro depots mean shorter journeys, fewer vans on the road and zero emissions.

“While we already have two all-electric micro depots open, there are still challenges to be overcome in terms of electrical infrastructure upgrades, site availability and the supply of electric vehicles on the scale we need for an all-electric fleet across the whole of central London.  But by working in partnership with TfL, landlords and the other major stakeholders, we are well on the way to making deliveries more sustainable and safer.

DPD also confirmed that they have signed a deal to open their third all-electric depot in Park Lane and have more electric vehicles on order.

Justin Pegg continued: “We’ve just signed a deal with Q-Park which will enable us to open our third all-electric micro depot.  Westminster and Shoreditch are up and running and performing really well and our plan is to open eight such sites in total in central London.  Finding the sites is a challenge due to rents in London, so we are actively looking for strategic partnerships with landlords.  Getting enough vehicles, fast enough is another issue.  I’d hope that the vast majority of the vans we buy going forward will be electric, but we are pushing manufacturers to make more right-hand drive vehicles available, more quickly.”

DPD opened the pioneering facility, the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot, in October 2018. The depot is completely emission-free for both incoming parcels, served by two 7.5t fully-electric FUSO eCanters, and for last-mile deliveries, carried out by a fleet of electric vans and micro-vehicles. DPD has invested £500,000 in the site, including extensive charging infrastructure, and the depot serves a two-square mile delivery radius in the heart of Westminster.

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