The first of the vehicles are going into service this week at depots across the UK, with the order due to be completed by May.
The order will take DPD’s electric fleet to 450 vehicles in total, with the operator planning to exceed its previous target of 500 electric vehicles by the end of this year.
The Nissan e-NV200 has a WLTP-approved range of 124-187 miles on a single charge. Rapid charging to 80% is said to be possible in one hour, with a full charge taking under eight hours with a wall box.
The e-NV200 has a 4.2m2 load space and two sliding doors, and has been trialled by DPD over the past 18 months.
The parcel company has previously called for urgent collaboration from vehicle manufacturers, energy companies and government to increase adoption of electric vehicles, publishing a white paper on the topic late last year (see link below).
“Credit to Nissan who have stepped up and made affordable right-hand drive vehicles available in significant numbers, but we can take far more, if other manufacturers do the same,” says Dwain McDonald, DPD’s chief executive.