DPD opens the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in central London


One of the UK’s leading parcel delivery companies has opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster.

The depot was opened earlier this month by DPD – who has also announced plans for a further seven all-electric sites across the Capital.

The new facility will be known as DPD Westminster and have capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a day utilising an all-electric fleet.

DPD has invested more than £500,000 refurbishing the site including the introduction of a ‘state-of-the-art’ electric charging system that will enable the deployment of electric vehicles without major infrastructure upgrades.

Using all-electric vehicles in both the inward feed of parcels to DPD Westminster, and for final mile deliveries, DPD expects to see an initial reduction of 45 tonnes of CO2 per annum – which will increase as more all-electric vehicles and depots are introduced.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD, said:

“This is a hugely significant announcement for us with Westminster set to be the first of a series of all-electric DPD depots.

“We want to be the leader in alternative fuel vehicles in the UK, with the ultimate aim being to move to a zero emission fleet.

“There are still significant external issues to be overcome in terms of the infrastructure to support an all-electric fleet on the scale we need, across the whole of central London.

“But I’m delighted with our proposition here and we will continue to work with the key stakeholders to realise our aims and support the mayor of London and TfL’s ambition for a cleaner and less congested Capital.”

Shirley Rodrigues, London’s deputy mayor for environment and energy, said:

“London’s toxic air contributes to thousands of early deaths each year and is putting the health of children at risk, so it’s good to see businesses like DPD preparing for the Ultra Low Emission Zone and helping protect Londoners’ health by transforming their delivery fleet.”

26 October 2018