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DPD has agreed a deal for 1,000 Ford E-Transit vans, which will take its electric vehicle (EV) fleet to over 2,500 in total.

The parcel giant announced the deal at Fully Charged Live, the clean energy and electric vehicle show at Farnborough, where a DPD liveried Ford E-Transit was centre-stage on the firm's eco-exhibition stand.

DPD has purchased the 3.5-tonne, 135kwh, long wheelbase version with 12.4 cubic metres of load space. The electric Ford Transit dimensions are the same as the diesel model.

The vans will operate from depots across the UK network and DPD will take delivery of the first E-Transits later this month.

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The Ford E-Transit order is part of DPD's pledge to be ‘the greenest delivery company on the planet'. In addition to running over 2,500 electric vehicles in the UK, it has also invested in a series of innovative recycling and circular economy initiatives.

"Getting our hands on the electric Ford Transit feels like a really big moment," said DPD UK head of sustainability Olly Craughan. "They are the workhorse of any delivery fleet, and we are no different.

"We've said all along that we need the main commercial van manufacturers to step-up with affordable models and largescale production of right-hand drive vans to really get the EV revolution going in the UK. And Ford have done just that. The E-Transit is well priced, has a good range and comes with all the support you would expect from Ford.

"We had a fantastic response from everyone at Fully Charged Live. People really appreciate what we are doing with electric vehicles and all our other green initiatives. It is the same with our big retail customers too.

"They want to see their parcels delivered on green DPD vans, because they know their customers really appreciate it too. This order is a big step forward in terms of electrifying our whole fleet."