Logistics business DX has said it is looking to acquire a fleet of electric delivery vehicles to support furniture retailer Ikea’s push for alternatives to fossil fuel transportation.
DX, the provider of delivery solutions, including parcel freight, secure courier, and logistics services, indicated it is embarking on a three-year project to acquire a fleet of electric delivery vehicles to support Ikea.
The company said it has recently invested £750,000 with further investment planned over the next three years to establish an initial fleet of over 60 electric vehicles for Ikea’s home-delivery services. Since August, an initial 12 electric delivery vehicles have been operating and serving Ikea from DX depots in Southampton and Warrington.
The new fleet comprises the Maxus e-Deliver 9 marque vans, which have an operational carrying capacity of 1,162kg and a single-charge range of over 219 miles. The electric delivery vehicles are dual-liveried with DX and Ikea branding.
Paul Ibbetson, managing director of DX Freight, commented: “We are very pleased to have launched our first fleet of electric vehicles for Ikea.
“Over the next three years we will be building on this to provide Ikea with continued, first-class delivery and logistics services that are more environmentally friendly.”
John Welsh, fulfilment sourcing manager at Ikea UK & Ireland, added: “DX is the largest provider of two-person home delivery services for Ikea in the UK and we are excited to have their first electric vans with zero-output emissions on the road for us and our customers.
“Ikea’s goal of reaching 100% zero emission last-mile deliveries by 2025 will be achieved through working together with those who share our vision, and I am delighted that DX have already been fundamental in delivering some of the first milestones in our journey.”
Ikea announced in September that it was committed to EV100+, a transport leadership commitment to electrify fleets, which is led by not-for-profit The Climate Group.
The retailer said it commits to transitioning its fleet of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, known as medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, to zero-emission by 2040 in OECD markets, China, and India.
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