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Yodel invests £15.2m in electric vehicles

Alice Ierace
30 May 2019

UK courier Yodel has announced the investment of £15.2m in its delivery fleet, designed to reduce the environmental impact of its road-based operations.

The investment includes new vehicles and trailers as well as technology to improve efficiency and safety.

A Mitsubishi FUSO eCanter all-electric truck will be the first in its fleet. It will initially be based at Yodel’s customer delivery depot in Hayes and used across London. Silent and emission-free, the state-of-the-art vehicle has a load capacity of up to four and half tonnes and is powered by six high voltage batteries.

Yodel has also invested in Microlise technology for its tractor units and trailers, a total of more than 1,300 assets. This software monitors factors such as speed, location and road traffic levels. It then reports back to Yodel’s state-of-the-art business control tower, allowing the team to view the network in real-time and adapt to dynamic conditions.

In addition, Yodel is also looking to expand its bicycle delivery offering with plans to introduce them in Birmingham, London and Manchester soon.

Andrew Peeler, CEO of Yodel, said: “This large-scale investment in our fleet is designed to improve efficiency and minimise the environmental impact of deliveries. I’m delighted that we’ve introduced electric to our fleet this Spring, and we have plans to expand our use of both pedal and electric power this year. In addition, we have invested in technology to calculate the most efficient routes and evaluate our drivers’ driving style to further reduce our carbon footprint.

“Our CollectPlus service helps to minimise congestion and pollution by consolidating deliveries to local stores, which customers can then pick up at their convenience. We are also striving to ensure that every home delivery is successful on the first attempt through the use of enhanced tracking and our Inflight service, which allows customers to redirect or reschedule if they realise they are going to be out when their delivery is due.”

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