Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

200 new Ford E-Transits with DPD Ireland by March   

In July last year, DPD Ireland celebrated the milestone of one million sustainable deliveries using electric vehicles.

The parcel-delivery company’s order of 200 E-Transits was the largest order reported by Ford Ireland for the first fully electric version of Ireland’s top selling commercial vehicle and would quadruple the number of EVs on DPD’s fleet.

To date, Ford has supplied some 120 E-Transits, registered and on the road, as part of the deal. It is expected that the full complement of vehicles under the contract will be delivered by the end of March, bringing DPD’s fleet of E-Transits to just over the 200 mark.

Des Travers, CEO DPD Ireland, with Padraig Duane, Fleet Business Manager, Ford Ireland, on the occasion of the delivery to the Tánaiste’s office of DPD Ireland’s 1 millionth sustainable delivery using an electric vehicle.

A measure of how happy the DPD team is with the performance of the E-Transit can be gauged from the fact that the company has ordered a further 35 units, on top of the original 200. Those additional units will be delivered into service at the back end of 2023 or in early 2024.

DPD’s new Ford E-Transits are providing them with more range and cubic capacity than any electric van to date.
Padraig Duane, fleet business manager for Ford in Ireland said: “We are delighted that the DPD team have chosen our new E-Transit as the backbone of their EV fleet.

“Our new E-Transit is a really smart workhorse that offers customers enhanced productivity enabled by its fully electric powertrain, software solutions, services and Ford Pro Power Onboard options.”

He added: “The vehicle targets an estimated WLTP driving range of up to 317km. That is roughly three times the average van driver would cover in a day.

“In addition, lower maintenance costs helping to deliver an estimated 40 per cent saving in servicing cost of ownership versus diesel models. And there is no compromise in payload just because it is an electric vehicle – the new E-Transit can carry up to 1,758kg. ”