Parcel delivery firm DPD has purchased 750 fully electric vans from MAXUS, as part of its commitment to be the most responsible and sustainable city centre delivery brand in the UK.
The purchase of 500 e DELIVER 9s and 250 e DELIVER 3s saw DPDs double its fleet of electric vehicles in the UK to almost 1,500.
The deal, which was overseen by Northside MAXUS, was marked by a TV commercial that highlights DPD’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint in the UK. The advert features shots of both MAXUS EV models travelling through London as part of the brand’s last-mile delivery strategy.
Mark Barrett, general manager of Harris MAXUS, said: “MAXUS’ ethos is simple, we want to make the green option the easy option for businesses up and down the country as part of our commitment to ‘Going the Extra Mile’ in the fight against climate change. DPD has a similar vision, and we are very proud to be part of its evolution to a greener business model.”
DPD’s head of CSR, Olly Craughan, added: “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.
“We know from our shippers that being able to offer their customers green deliveries is a huge plus point, while the feedback on the doorstep is similarly positive. Our aim is to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK entirely with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2025, and this order begins to make that a reality.”