DPV Transportation Worldwide COO aims to go green
COO Jose Perez is making big plans for the company’s future.
DPV Transportation Worldwide, a multi-million dollar company specializing in luxury transportation for corporate employees, has grown enormously in the last three years. With close to $11 million in assets, COO Jose Perez is making big plans for the company’s future. Now DPV has set its sights on a more environmentally-friendly way to travel, with its very first 100% electric vehicle.
A little over three years ago, DPV had about 40 employees and 26 vehicles. Today, the company has about 250 employees and 80 vehicles, and it continues to grow at a rapid rate.
Perez tells the Banner he’s concerned about the world he’ll leave behind for future generations and wants to be conscious of the company’s carbon footprint.
The company’s complete conversion of its fleet of limousines, vans and buses to electric vehicles will start soon.
“We have a plan,” he says. “We’re going to transition sometime between now and 2022 … so hopefully we can be 100% electric by 2030.”
DPV’s rapid growth was aided by a large contract with a casino. However, the transition to an all-electric fleet will require even more money.
“Funding is a big key of this issue,” Perez says. “These vehicles are not cheap. They’re three times the price of a regular vehicle. In addition to that, they also happen to be very complex to get built.”
Perez says that the industry does not currently have the support necessary to fully transition, since there’s a lack of available maintenance resources. “There’s two techs right now in the entire state in order to service these vehicles,” he says.
DPV tailors its service to corporate employees that seek comfort and reassurance. Companies around the world contact DPV to escort their employees to and from work. Using luxury transportation often saves time and money as corporate clients are quickly driven to where they need to be.
“Our headquarters are in Boston, so we have a lot of companies [from] Boston,” says Perez. “They could be pharmaceutical, they could be tech companies, insurance services.” He adds that the companies are “trying to figure out how to bus people in and out to their facilities, while saving money. Being in Boston, being in these metropolitan cities, it’s very expensive to actually offer parking. At that point, it’s actually cheaper to bus them in than it is to actually pay for their parking spots.”
DPV has already grown quickly and achieved much, but Perez is not ready to slow down quite yet.
“We’re looking to be a $30 million company within the next three to five years,” he says. “We’re also looking to be 1,000 employees-plus and close to 150 vehicles. So these are things that are going to happen shortly after all, it’s just a matter of being patient and [creating] a strategy to target these goals.”