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Oxford has become the first UK city where all DPD deliveries are made only with electric vehicles, the company has announced.

The news comes as all Oxford deliveries are routed via DPD’s new Bicester eco-depot, whose construction was net zero in carbon (as measured by the UK Green Building Council).

The Bicester facility, which opened last month, has 40 electric vehicles and will deliver more than 15,000 parcels a week across Oxford.

A street in Oxford
Credit: Toa Heftiba

Oxford is the first of ten cities DPD plans to go green with this year, with a total of 25—accounting for a quarter of the UK population—by 2025.

Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kingston-upon-Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton and Stoke-on-Trent are all set to become green cities as part of the Vision 25 initiative.

This is part of an even bigger plan that involves 225 urban centres in 20 countries across Europe.

DPD recently made a deal with electric vehicle manufacturer Maxus that will double its existing fleet in the UK.

It’s also trialling ENSO tyres that will reduce pollution from microplastics.

Source: DPD

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