Delivery company DX Group has launched a £750,000 (US$847,000) electric vehicle program with Ikea.
The electric vehicle acquisition project will run for three years and aims to establish an initial fleet of over 60 electric vehicles for Ikea home-delivery services.
The new fleet will comprise the Maxus e Deliver 9 marque vans, which have an operational carrying capacity of 1,162kg and a single-charge range of over 352km, with zero output emissions. The vehicles are dual-liveried with DX and Ikea branding. The first phase, launched in August 2022, included an initial 12 electric vans operating from DX depots in Southampton and Warrington.
Paul Ibbetson, managing director of DX Freight, commented, “We are very pleased to have launched our first fleet of electric vehicles for Ikea. Over the next three years, we will be building on this to provide Ikea with continued, first-class delivery and logistics services that are more environmentally friendly.”
John Welsh, fulfillment sourcing manager at Ikea UK and Ireland, added, “DX is the largest provider of two-person home-delivery services for Ikea in the UK and we are excited to have their first electric vans with zero output emissions on the road for us and our customers. Ikea’s goal of reaching 100% zero-emission last-mile deliveries by 2025 will be achieved through working together with those who share our vision, and I am delighted that DX has already been fundamental in delivering some of the first milestones in our journey.”