DPD France strengthens its green parcel delivery strategy
DPD France is pushing forward with its green delivery strategy in 2017 with the additional integration of electric vehicles as part of its national urban logistics system. In this context, DPD France is currently carrying out full-scale testing in Orléans of a 100% electric vehicle made by TIP Trailer Services.
DPD France has been making green deliveries since 2016, with vehicles running on NGV (Natural Gas Vehicle) in 13 major city centres: Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Nantes, Poitiers, Rouen, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg and Valence. This type of vehicle has a 230km range.
DPD France will build on this to expand from 32 to 50 NGV vehicles in 2017. This increase is possible thanks to the rising focus on green alternatives by local authorities and a growing number of agreements for the installation of NGV stations.
DPD France tests the TIP Trailer Services E-van in Orléans
Meanwhile, DPD France will also be adding new electric vehicles to its fleet for deliveries in the city centre. Needing to expand its fleet, DPD France approached TIP Trailer Services to conduct a trial of its 100% electric Light Utility Vehicle.
DPD France has been testing this new vehicle in real operating conditions since early March in Orléans. The vehicle itself is a 100% electric eDucato, manufactured by BD Auto.
This car model with a range of 200km and a carrying capacity of 17m3 is ideal for DPD France’ processes and delivery route. This implementation also enable DPD France to support the increase of its green deliveries in city centres.
A long-term strategy
The choice of these CNG and electric vehicles, not affected by alternating traffic during pollution spikes, coincides with DPD France's policy of replacing both its fleet and those of its service providers with Euro 6 standard-compliant vehicles.
"While continuing to incorporate green vehicles for last-mile deliveries, we are also listening to cities and local authorities and remain at their service.
Some of them were involved in a call for projects 'Breathable Cities in 5 Years' to obtain funding, which will allow them to activate the deployment of Natural Gas or electricity refuelling stations", explains Virginie Lequy, Operational Process Manager in charge of steering Urban Logistics JPPs(1) at DPD France, before going on to say "The recently announced creation in Ile-de-France of the 'Mobility Sigeif'(2) MEC(3) is a positive example of public engagement, which continues to be a crucial factor. It should lead to the deployment in the Ile-de-France region of 10 CNG and bioCNG stations in the next 3 to 5 years. We will be able to build on these new opportunities to roll-out the use of new CNG vehicles in the area."
(1) JPP: Joint Priority Project
(2) Mixed Economy Company
(3) MEC: Local Gas, Electricity and Energy utility in Ile-de-France