DPD Portugal switches entire Lisbon delivery fleet to electric

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DPD Portugal has become the first express operator to deliver 100% of its orders in Lisbon using zero-emission vehicles.

DPD’s Lisbon fleet now includes 55 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter delivery vans, representing an 87% reduction in CO2  emissions and avoiding close to 330 metric tons of polluting gases each year compared with its previous operations.

Olivier Establet, CEO of DPD, said, “We are certain that we have marked an extremely important step in DPD Group’s green strategy, once again showing the pioneering spirit we have had in our country in matters of sustainable development. After installing and offering, in 2019, an air quality measurement system to Lisboners that can be consulted upon receipt of their order, as well as, in 2020, two ‘City Trees’ that contributed to the cleaning of ambient air, the total decarbonization of our deliveries in the city of Lisbon is a giant step that fulfills our ambition of being the leader in sustainable deliveries on the ground. But we are not going to stop there, and we are also preparing the decarbonization of the city of Porto, among other measures to reduce the environmental impact of the delivery of orders that we will take care of in due course.”

DPD currently operates 15 depots throughout Portugal, with a fleet of more than 700 distribution vehicles and 1,200 employees.

Mário Neves, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Portugal, added, “The availability of these 100% electric-powered eSprinter vehicles reflects the global strategy of Mercedes-Benz in environmental sustainability without local emissions, with a special focus in the cities. The consolidation of the 100% electric vehicle range of Mercedes-Benz Vans will take place as early as 2022, with the launch of the eCitan, dedicated to the transport of goods and specially designed to meet the traffic requirements in urban centers, which combines a cargo space generous to the incorporation of state-of-the-art technology, in which advanced security and connectivity systems stand out.”

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