DPD have announced that they are expanding their EV fleet after agreeing a deal agreed a deal with vehicle manufacturer MAXUS for 750 e Deliver electric vans which will bring their total EV fleet up to 1,500.
DPD has purchased both the 72kw and longer range 88kw versions of the e DELIVER 9, giving the vans a far greater range than anything previously available in the UK. The 88kw version can cover over 200 miles on a single charge. The e DELIVER 9 will also star in DPD’s first ever UK TV advert to help communicate the firm’s clean, green parcel delivery solutions.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the MAXUS. The 3.5t van is the workhorse of any delivery and collection fleet, so to get our hands on an EV with this kind of capacity and range is a real game changer for us. We’ve got EVs in every DPD depot already, but they are largely focused on quite compact routes, usually in city centres, where range isn’t an issue. But this opens up the possibility of clean, green deliveries on a much larger scale.”
– Olly Craughan, Head of CSR, DPD
“At MAXUS we take pride in going the extra mile for our customers. From our aftersales and customer service, to our product offerings and the range our new platform EVs can achieve, MAXUS is a trusted leader in the EV sector. Importantly, we are equally committed to going the extra mile in the fight against climate change, which makes MAXUS the perfect partner for DPD, a brand that is serious about reducing its carbon footprint.”
– Mark Barrett, General Manager, Harris MAXUS
Are electric vehicles really the way forward?
Well, this week Royal Mail also announced a roll out of EV’s and Chris wrote in more detail about whether electric vehicles are as good for the environment as we think. Sure at first glance they seem like a great way to save the planet, and 0 emissions are nothing to complain about but there is so much more to consider. What about the hard metals that have to be mined for the batteries, the fact that if they have a minor knock that damages the battery it’s likely to write off the entire van, and the still largely unknown total lifespan of the vehicle.