DPD – First Bus partnership to facilitate charging of electric delivery vans in Glasgow

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First Bus is helping DPD UK to carry out more green journeys in Glasgow via a partnership that will see DPD delivery vans utilise First Bus' electric charging infrastructure.

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02.11.2022
DPD – First Bus partnership to facilitate charging of electric delivery vans in Glasgow
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At COP26, First Bus set out its aim offer local businesses use of the extensive electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at its Caledonia Depot.

Located on Glasgow’s southside, First Bus’s Caledonia Depot has 160 rapid-charging points.

One year on, DPD has become the first company to officially sign up to the scheme. The agreement means that DPD drivers will now have access to the site to charge their electric vehicles whilst in Glasgow.

Commenting on the announcement, Graeme Macfarlan, Commercial Director at First Bus, said:

“The partnership with DPD reflects the commitment we made during COP26 to help other businesses to achieve their green ambitions. We hope that this marks the first of many valuable partnerships and demonstrates the power that comes from working together to reduce carbon emissions. Electrifying fleets, and having the infrastructure in place to support them, is a mammoth undertaking, and it simply isn’t feasible for each and every business to build its own charging station. Reducing carbon emissions is a priority for us – not just to meet our own targets but because we’re committed to delivering cleaner, greener journeys for Glasgow. We’re already in conversation with other businesses and look forward to announcing further partnerships in the near future.”

Scotland’s Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth, added:

“We all have to work together to end our contribution to climate change, and by making its charging infrastructure available to DPD, First Bus are leading the way. The Scottish Government provided over £5.9 million to help deliver the infrastructure at the depot, and I am delighted that it is being used to support decarbonisation of last mile delivery as well as public transport. Our £500k Bus Market Transition Scheme, which aims to support businesses prepare for our next round of capital funding, is currently open for applications and I hope that this announcement today by First Bus encourages others to think creatively about how Government funding can be used to maximum effect.”

Initially, eight DPD EVs from the firm’s Cambuslang depot will access the Caledonia site, as part of the trial period.  The expectation is that this number will increase to help support DPD’s growing EV fleet in the city, which is planned to total close to 200 electric vans by the end of next year.

Also commenting on the announcement was Olly Craughan, DPD UK’s Head of Sustainability, who said:

“The Caledonia depot is a fantastic facility and this is a really smart initiative between two brands that are investing in a greener future for Scotland.  The partnership will be hugely beneficial as it will enable our drivers to access fast, reliable and secure charging stations in Glasgow during the day.  Our plan is to be delivering in both Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres using only electric vehicles by the end of next year, and this is another step towards making that a reality.”

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