DPD to launch EV charging network

Parcel delivery firm DPD has teamed up with electric vehicle charger developer Rolec EV to place chargers at 60 DPD depots around the UK.

Around 600 chargers will be set up in preparation for DPD’s transition to running its business using an entirely electric delivery fleet.

DPD is planning to have a fleet of 550 EV delivery vans in place by the end of 2021, with 100 EV delivery vehicles expected to be in use before the end of this year. The company has already set up a number of electric powered depots, the third of which was launched in March [2019].

Rolec EV has developed technology for DPD which will allow the delivery company to monitor and collate EV charging data, allowing it to monitor and manage how many vehicles are in operation and how many need to be charged.

Work to fit the new EV chargers is expected to get underway next month, with Rolec hoping to get the majority of the project done before the end of the year.

Zenobe

Earlier in the year, battery storage company Zenobe launched a £120 million (€136m US$152m) fund to invest in the rollout of EV fleets, and announced that it is working with bus operator Stagecoach.

Zenobe intends to offer a range of EV solutions, which include up-front financing to cash-strapped local authorities, OEMs, city councils and city and rural fleet operators.

The fund is formed from  equity provided by Zenobe, as well as well as equity capital raised from energy investors including private equity firm Tiger Infrastructure and Japanese pair JERA and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), along with debt from Santander.

 

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