DPD adds Mercedes-Benz’s eVito vans to its electric vehicle fleet

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DPD has commissioned Mercedes-Benz with 10 long-bodied versions of its new electric eVito van as it plans to roll out a fleet of 550 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2021. The eVito is set to play a part in a nationwide roll-out of DPD’s EV fleet later this year.

The model weights 3.2 tonne, and according to DPD has no tailpipe emissions. The eVito employs an electric motor which channels its 116-horsepower output to the front wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission. It can be recharged in six hours, and its autonomy lasts approximately 93 miles.

eVito vans will enter service in London, where DPD currently has three all-electric depots. In October last year, DPD opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster. The depot is completely emission-free for both incoming parcels, served by two FUSO eCanters (electric trucks produced by Daimler Trucks), and last-mile deliveries, carried out by a fleet of electric vans and micro-vehicles. The two other electric depots in London are in Shoreditch and Hyde Park.

In April 2019, it was announced that DPD was developing a new eCargo bike called the P1 with Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV), a start-up based in Oxford.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented: “The EV revolution is gathering pace and we already have a fleet with innovative vehicles, but the eVito is a great addition for us.”

McDonald added: “We have got plans to add over 100 more EVs to our fleet in 2019 as we begin our roll-out across the UK. We will double that in 2020 and double it again in 2021 to over 550 electric vehicles. We are also continuing to explore opportunities to reduce and neutralise our carbon footprint and provide smarter and more efficient urban delivery solutions.”

Source: DPD Group