DPD says it wants more EVs after successful trial

DPD in the UK has said it wants to expand its fleet of electric delivery trucks following a successful six-month trial of two Fuso eCanters.

The delivery company has been running them since September, with the 7.5-tonne rigid trucks proving to be 100 per cent reliable.

“Reducing and neutralising our carbon footprint by providing smarter and more efficient urban delivery solutions, and investing in innovation, are at the heart of DPD’s DrivingChange programme,” explained Rob Fowler, the company’s General Manager – Corporate Social Responsibility & General Planning.

“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.”

The eCanters are based at DPD’s Bermondsey base, south of the Thames, but cover operations all over the capital.