DPD opens first all-electric depot in London23 October 2018

Parcel delivery company DPD has opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster, central London, and unveiled plans for seven more all-electric sites in the capital.

The 5,000 sq ft facility will deliver up to 2,000 parcels a day. The site has undergone a £500,000 upgrade, including an electric charging system.

DPD has deployed three types of all-electric vehicles at the depot. Two Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter 7.5-tonne vehicles will bring parcels into the depot each day, while customer deliveries will be completed either by Nissan eNV200 vans or Paxster micro vehicles.

The site has seven eNV200s, which can make 120 deliveries a day, and eight Paxsters, which will make up to 60 deliveries to customers in the immediate area around the depot. DPD already has 23 more Paxsters on order from the Norwegian manufacturer.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD, said of the vehicles: “We looked at a wide range of options before making our decision and we’ve been testing these three models extensively in recent months. In terms of reliability and performance they have been excellent.

“There are still significant external issues to be overcome in terms of the infrastructure to support an all-electric fleet on the scale we need, across the whole of central London,” he added.

“But I’m delighted with our proposition here and we will continue to work with the key stakeholders to realise our aims and support the mayor of London and TfL’s ambition for a cleaner and less congested capital.”

Laura Cork

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