DPD wants to expand its fleet of Fuso eCanters, following a successful start to its trial.
The fully-electric 7.5-tonne trucks have proved 100% reliable and won enthusiastic driver feedback for their comfort and quietness.
Rob Fowler, the company’s general manager – Corporate Social Responsibility & General Planning, said: “We want to be the leader in alternative fuel vehicles in the UK, and the Fuso eCanter is integral to our EV strategy.
“Aside from the fact that it produces zero tailpipe emissions and therefore offers exemplary environmental credentials, this vehicle is ideally suited to urban operation thanks to its combination of agility and high payload potential.
“We’ve had no issues during their first six months in service with either of our eCanters, and on the basis of their reliability and performance we look forward to commissioning more.”
DPD took delivery of two vehicles at a launch event last year, where others were presented to Hovis and Wincanton PLC for operation in the capital.
The Fuso eCanter, which is scheduled to go on general sale via the Mercedes-Benz Dealer network in 2020, offers cost savings worth up to £850 for every 6,200 miles covered, compared to a diesel-engined truck.
It is powered by six 13.8kWh batteries and delivers 180 hp via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle.
The eCanter offers a body and payload allowance of up to 4.5 tonnes, and a single charge allows effective operating ranges of more than 62 miles.