DX launches electric vehicles for London parcel deliveries

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Delivery solutions provider DX’s Express division has partnered with Silva Brothers Logistics (SBL) to roll out electric vehicles for its parcel deliveries in London, UK.

The first phase has launched with an initial 20 electric vehicles liveried with DX branding for use in central London. The electric vehicles are intended to provide support for DX Express’s growing parcel operation. The initial electric fleet is anticipated to deliver approximately 750,000 parcels in its first full year of operation.

The London initiative is the latest step in the group’s plans to increase the use of electric vehicles within its overall fleet. It follows DX’s recent announcement that it is acquiring a fleet of electric vehicles for its DX Freight division to use in its delivery and logistics partnership with Ikea. To increase its parcel activity, the company has launched a second major investment program, which will invest £20-25m (US$22-27.9m) over three years across the group, in sites, additional parcel-handling equipment and IT systems.

Martin Illidge, managing director of DX Express, commented, “We are delighted to have launched our first electric vans for our parcels operation business with Silva Brothers Limited, one of our key final-mile partners in London. The growth of the parcels service is a major focus for the DX Express division, and we are now pleased to offer our customers this more environmentally friendly approach to our highly secure, next-day delivery service.”

Jodelle Silva, CEO of Silva Brothers, added, “This fleet electrification program is a sign of our growing partnership with DX Express in London. We are very pleased to be playing our part in reducing carbon emissions in the capital while continuing to provide a compelling service proposition.”

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