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DPD opens first all-electric parcel depot

DPD has opened the first all-electric parcel depot of the United Kingdom. In Westminster in London the logistics company has opened a depot that’s 465 square meters in size and will deliver up to 2,000 parcels a day using the electric vehicles.

DPD says it has plans to open seven other all-electric depots in the UK capital. For now, the company has spent over half a million euros to refurbish the site, which is called DPD Westminster, and to a charging system for the vehicles.

Reduce CO² with 45 tonnes per year

By using all-electric vehicles for getting the parcels to DPD Westminster and for getting them to the customers’ homes, DPS hopes to reduce CO² with 45 tonnes per year. The logistics site will also be home to the first DPD UK-owned Pickup shop, with a dedicated access point where consumers can pick up their online orders. It’s the latest addition to the already 2,500 Pickup sites across the United Kingdom.

Goal is to move to zero emission fleet

“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”, Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD UK, says. “Westminster is clearly the first step towards that goal and will be instrumental in developing our future electric vehicle proposition and strategy. DPD Westminster is an outstanding location and the vehicles are fantastic.”

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