DPD efforts for sustainable shipping services
Sustainable shipping services are the way to the future
DPD is not just one of the most reliable shipping companies working in the UK, but also an important player on the eco-friendly service providers list.
Just last week, the company introduced a new emission-neutral Mercedes-Benz van to their London fleet, in an ongoing attempt to offer improved services. Not just that, but they have also teamed up with Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV) in a sustainable initiative which aims to deliver parcels in a 100% eco-friendly way.
Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD, believes “EAV is an incredibly innovative company and it has been fantastic to work alongside a British manufacturer to create such a highly customizable solution. Our aim is to be the most responsible city center delivery company, which means neutralizing our carbon footprint and developing smarter, cleaner and more sustainable parcel delivery services. Not only does the P1 look amazing, but it is also incredibly smart, flexible and future-proofed. As a result, the P1 is perfect for UK city centers and we are really looking forward to adding it to our rapidly expanding zero-emission fleet”.
In order to understand just how important this news is for DPD clients, just think that the company will provide shipping services with its zero-emission fleet no later than July. Not even a year after DPD opened its very own first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster, last October, which saw a reduction of almost 45 tonnes of CO2 in its first year. Since then, DPD opened another two similar depots, in Shoreditch and Hyde Park.
The Mercedes-Benz eVito employs an electric motor which channels its 116 hp output to the front wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission. Fully recharged in six hours, it gives the eVito a range of approximately 93 miles.
The Project 1 (P1) e-cargo bike will become DPD’s main urban delivery way of transportation, while the all green Mercedes-Benz eVito will be rolled out nationally as well.
Adam Barmby, founder and technical director of EAV, said that “We would like to re-educate the population on common sense vehicle design and intelligent methods of mobility that deliver a sense of purpose and place for urban populations.
Part of our business model is to make the P1 a rentable vehicle for the gig economy with an app operation for entrepreneurs so they can use it for their own businesses”.
Sustainable shipping services need to be adopted at a much faster pace, as CO2 levels rise year after year – there has been a recent study which shows that by the year 2040, the Arctic region will be without any ice.
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