DHL Parcel expands electric van fleet

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DHL Parcel has announced it is rolling out a further 50 new electric vans across the UK before the end of 2021.

The company said it is investing a further £2.8m to extend its fleet across the UK, following the introduction of electric vans to the fleet, earlier this year.

The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter L2 vans have a range of 95 miles and a payload of 775kg and will go into operation in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol and Southampton, with additional vehicles being added to the company’s electric fleet in London.

Scott Laird, vice president of operations at DHL Parcel, said: “Just a few months after our initial electric van deployment in London, we’re delighted to be entering the next phase of our roll-out plans, extending the benefits of these new vehicles across the country.

“The environmental benefits as well as the high performance of these electric vans make it possible to continue supporting customers through the growth of ecommerce while improving air quality in major cities.”

DHL said the rapid charging and extended range of the vans makes them ideal for use in city environments, reducing the carbon impact of last mile deliveries.

The bodies have been customised for ease of use for drivers and to ensure continued high service levels, it said.

DHL said the UK businesses has 129 electric vehicles (EVs) in operation, including an electric 16 tonne truck.

Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to have more than 80,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road and 60% of last mile delivery electrified by 2030.

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