Give us more - we can take them: DPD boss throws down gauntlet for RHD electrics
DPD's CEO Dwain McDonald has issued a call-to-action to commercial vehicle manufacturers to offer more models in right-hand drive for the UK market.
And, he says that the demand for electric delivery vehicles is being driven by DPD's retail customers as public opinion shifts ever more strongly for green deliveries.
Speaking as he announced that DPD is the launch customer for MAN's RHD 3.5T eTGE electric van he says: "We are urging other manufacturers to bring forward right-hand drive electrics as we can take far more.
"It isn't just us demanding them, our retail customers have responded very positively to our new EV fleet and they want to be telling their customers about their green deliveries too.
"We are designing new ways of working to incorporate these vehicles into our operation, so they are transforming our business as well as contributing to cleaner air and less congestion.
DPD has made it clear that it is serious about electrifying its fleet, and has more vehicles of different types in commercial use than any other fleet operator.
Says Mr McDonald: "We want to be the UK's leader in clean, green delivery.
"Our industry is experiencing an all-electric revolution and we are at the heart of that vision."
In January, Mr McDonald announced an order for 300 Nissan e-NV200 vans to create UK's largest EV parcel delivery fleet.
He says: "We're building the largest all-electric delivery fleet in the UK, in double-quick time.
"The 3.5t van is absolutely core to our delivery and collection fleet strategy, so the eTGE order is a big deal for us.
"It gives us huge efficiencies on the road in terms of route densities, but we've had to wait a long time for the first electric right-hand drive 3.5t vans."
About Dwain McDonald
He joined DPD UK (Parceline as it was then) in 1988 as a 22-year-old Sales Executive and has worked his way up within the company, becoming CEO in March 2008.
He has presided over DPD UK's extraordinary growth and transformation in recent years, to the UK's number one next-day specialist, and the 'delivery company of choice' for the biggest and best-known retailers.
Today, DPD UK employs over 13,000 people in the UK, operates more than 8,700 vehicles from 65 locations and delivers over 230 million parcels a year.
Dwain's vision and leadership was behind the development of DPD UK's unique Predict service, which gives customers a one hour delivery window so they don't have to wait in all day, and lets them track their delivery driver as he makes his way to their home.
Dwain has been a constant champion for innovation and investment in technology, resulting in the creation and development of a series of award winning 'firsts' for DPD UK including; the Your DPD app, which is approaching 5 million app downloads in the UK, and Precise, which allows customers to select their own delivery slot.
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