DHL Express is rolling out 270 new electric vans, which will be taking to the roads across the UK as part of its last-mile fleet.
Following last year’s introduction of 50 electric vans to operate out of sites across the UK, this next phase demonstrates the business’ ongoing commitment to reaching its sustainability goals and the successful integration of electric vehicles into the network.
By 2030, the business is committed to a 100% electric UK-wide courier fleet.
The 270 new vans will enter operation between May and September, servicing over 30 different locations, including London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton Liverpool, Sheffield, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
The zero emissions Ford E-Transits have a range of 140 miles and a payload of approximately 1000 kg, similar to the diesel vans they are replacing.
Drivers will be provided with training to ensure they are familiar with the new vehicles and confident in their capabilities.
DHL has also been focused on developing its infrastructure to support the EV roll-out and in addition to stand-alone charging points across the Service Centre network, now operates 10 fully integrated EV-ready sites, with an additional three opening this spring, and 13 more planned later this year.
The integrated charging infrastructure is scalable to allow for additional electric vehicles as the fleet grows in the coming years.
Richard Crook, Director of Fleet at DHL Express, said: “We’re thrilled to be sharing another update on our journey to a fully electric fleet. We’re extremely proud of the progress made so far in reducing the environmental impact of our fleet, and this next stage of roll-out is a positive step towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.”
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