DPD launches electric last-mile delivery hub

Parcel delivery company DPD has opened a new fully electric last-mile delivery depot in central London.

The 5,000-square metre site can handle 2,000 parcels per day and is the first of eight depots planned by the parcel giant across the capital. A second will open in Shoreditch next month and additional sites in Bayswater, Covent Garden, South Kensington, Marylebone, Barbican and Bank are planned between now and the end of 2019.

“We have nine large depots in London and will never get another so we need to focus on micro despots like this,” said DPD UK CEO Dwain McDonald. “We are now committed to the first all-electric urban delivery network throughout London.”

The electric vehicles operating from the site will be a mixture of Fuso eCanters, Nissan eNV200s and Paxsters, which are Norwegian-built micro-vehicles with a 200kg load capacity.

DPD said its electric depot network will help prepare the business for the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in April next year, as well as help its strategic objective to become “the most responsible city centre delivery company in Europe”.

McDonald said: “We want to be the leader in alternative fuel vehicles in the UK, with the ultimate aim being to move to a zero-emission fleet.

“Westminster is clearly the first step towards that goal and will be instrumental in developing our future EV proposition and strategy. DPD Westminster is an outstanding location and the vehicles are fantastic.

“We looked at a wide range of options before making our decision and we’ve been testing these three models extensively in recent months. In terms of reliability and performance they have been excellent.”