ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION FLEETS CONTINUE TO GROW WITH ROYAL MAIL TRIALS AND DPD IRELAND INTRODUCING ENVIRONMENTAL PARCEL DELIVERIES IN DUBLIN

We reported in our Spring addition that Australia Post, DHL USA and The Delivery Group in the UK – are trailblazing the use of electrical delivery vehicles. Now other operators are reporting similar strategies in a bid to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.

ROYAL MAIL TRIALLING E-TRIKES

The postal operator is now conducting its first ever trial of zero-emission e-trikes for letter and parcel deliveries.

The 1200mm wide x 1968mm high e-trikes, which are powered by a combination of pedal, solar, battery and brake technology, are specially designed to help postmen and women deliver letters and parcels in a “secure and environmentally-friendly way”.

The trial is taking place in Stratford, Cambridge and Sutton Coldfield and will last for approximately six months. After that Royal Mail has said it will make a decision on whether to expand the trikes more widely across the UK.

DPD IREL AND TO INVEST 3.2 MILLION EUROS IN ZERO EMISSIONS FLEET

The investment for the green vehicle project, named ‘ElectriCity’ will include purchasing the electric vehicles, hiring personnel and employee training.

DPD Ireland’s new electric fleet will serve the Dublin City Centre area and will comprise of vehicles in a range of sizes from small Paxsters – whose versatile size allows easy movement throughout the city streets – to the Goupils and Light Duty Vehicles which will carry larger parcels. The first 10 vehicles of the new electric fleet are already on the road.

ElectriCity will roll out to other urban locations throughout the country over the next three years.

Company Chief Executive Des Travers commented: “DPD is committed to making every parcel delivered carbon neutral, and is doing so by measuring CO2 emissions, striving to reduce them, and by offsetting the remaining ones”.