Innovative last-mile solution enters service with DPD

06 November 2019

Parcel delivery company DPD has taken delivery of 10 electric assist cargo bikes from Oxfordshire-based manufacturer EAV.

The EAV P1 is bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bike designed as a final mile delivery solution.

DPD will test five of the bikes on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while the other five will be shipped to DPD business units in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France to help support British manufacturing and exporting abroad.

DPD plans to have a fleet of 500 electric vehicles by the end of 2020.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented, “The P1 is an absolutely amazing vehicle and we are immensely proud to be technical partners alongside EAV on this unique project. This is an entirely new type of vehicle and is designed specifically to meet the current challenges for delivery firms in the urban environment.

“The early trials show that the P1 is performing really well and clearly has potential to be more efficient for us than traditional vans in certain locations.

“We know that the environment and climate change matter more than ever to our clients and the feedback we get when we share our EV vision with them is really positive.”