DHL Express expands UK EV fleet

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DHL Express has launched 50 new electric vans, taking to roads across the country as part of its UK fleet.

A further 50 EVs are planned to be introduced before the end of the year, with 220 more in the express delivery service provider’s UK-wide fleet before the end of 2022.

Deutsche Post DHL Group recently announced a €7bn (£6.8bn) investment to help meet its Mission 2050 goals of net-zero emissions, and plans to have more than 80,000 e-vehicles on the road and 60% of last-mile delivery electrified by 2030.

DHL Express said it is working towards this goal in the UK with the intention that every new courier vehicle purchased will be electric, resulting in all of its UK-wide fleet being electric by 2030.

The vans will be deployed across the country this year, in cities including Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. In addition, DHL is also investing in electric charging infrastructure at over 20 sites.

According to DHL, the charging infrastructure is scalable to allow for the additional EVs that will be added to each site in the future.

Richard Crook, director of fleet at DHL Express, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the next step in our electrification journey with these new best-in-class vehicles.

“Both our vehicle and as importantly our driver training roll-out plans are now picking up speed as we start to electrify our fleet across the UK.

“Many of the UK’s major cities are working hard to reduce emissions and improve air quality and we plan to play a major part in supporting this.

“Long term we’re also investing in charging infrastructure so we can continue to expand our green fleet.”

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