The German logistics giant is aiming for 70% of its deliveries to be emissions-free by 2025
Deutsche Post DHL hasn’t waited for technology to catch up to make progress in cutting carbon emissions. When no commercial electric vehicles were available for its parcel and mail delivery needs, the world’s largest logistics group, with locations in 220 countries and a workforce of 510,000, built its own.
The company realised the writing was on the wall for diesel vehicles in city centres and turned to a spin-out from the university of Aachen in Germany for its modular electric StreetScooter delivery van. DPDHL liked it so much it bought the business in 2014 and is now developing prototypes of larger vehicles.
This year some 10,000 vehicles will be made, assembled from more than 30 manufacturers’ components. The modular design makes it easy to replace damaged parts such as bumpers. And it is recyclable.
Electric competitive with diesel
“If you look across total cost of ownership we proved that electric vehicles can be competitive today with similar diesel vehicles,” asserts marketing director Marcus Arens.
In the next couple of months DPDHL will decide whether to respond to requests from other firms to sell to them. Although whether it wants the responsibilities of being a provider is another...