DHL’s Green Fleet Introduced in New York

DHL launches green delivery vehicles

DHL launches green delivery vehicles in New York (image source Deutsche Post AG)

One of the world’s leading logistics company, DHL, introduced a convoy of environmentally-friendly delivery trucks in Manhattan, as part of their “green initiative” towards reducing the impact created by the company’s services on the city’s environment.

This initiative by DHL was inaugurated in New York by Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL.

Presenting the first 80 green vehicles, Appel said, “Sustainability, especially the reduction of carbon emissions, is a central aspect of our business and an integral part of our corporate strategy. As the global leader in logistics we are ideally positioned to foster climate protection in order to save our environment for future generations,”

“As customers worldwide are increasingly demanding greener logistics, sustainable business procedures and initiatives like the one we are launching today will – at the same time – also enhance the profitability of our business.” He added.

DHL’s Green Fleet

As part of the 80-vehicle Green Fleet, DHL Express will operate 30 American-made, battery-powered electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks, which will work towards reducing CO2 emissions by cutting down fossil fuel use by more than 50 percent each year in comparison to conventional vehicles.

DHL has always maintained that sustainable practices form a vital part of the company’s success strategy. Deutsche Post DHL’s multi-million dollar investment in the modern, environmentally-friendly vehicles introduced in Manhattan is an integral part of the Group’s global GoGreen strategy; the over-arching goal of improving of the GoGreen program being bringing down the company’s carbon efficiency worldwide by 30 percent by 2020, compared to 2007 base levels.

In the past year, DHL has upgraded its delivery vehicles worldwide, including in several European and Asian countries as well as in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay in the Americas.

The hybrid electric as well as electric commercial vehicles to be used in New York City by DHL Express are being manufactured in the U.S. by Azure Dynamics, a world leader in the development and production of hybrid. The chassis for these vehicles have been made by Ford.

According to DHL’s press release, the Balance Hybrid Electric vehicle components combine Azure’s hybrid powertrain with a Ford E450 chassis. By converting DHL’s existing Ford E450s into hybrids, the vehicle’s fuel economy will improve by up to 40 percent while emissions will be reduced by about 30 percent. Azure will also integrate its Force Drive electric powertrain into new Ford Transit Connect vans. Using an advanced lithium-ion battery, the van can achieve a range of up to 80 miles on a single charge and can be recharged overnight.

The Transit Connect Electric is virtually silent, thus reducing exterior and interior noise, and has zero tailpipe emissions.

Looking ahead

“Our investment in these new green vehicles supports a more energy-efficient, low-emissions economy,” said Ian Clough, CEO for DHL Express U.S. “Having partnered with American companies also represents an investment in the U.S. economy.”

In addition to fleet and network optimization, the key levers of Deutsche Post DHL’s GoGreen program are the improvement of the energy efficiency in buildings, the implementation of innovative technologies, the mobilization of employees and the involvement of subcontractors and customers.

Source: Deutsche Post AG

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