DHL Express buys 89 electric vans for US fleet

DHL Express has ordered 89 Lightning Electric Ford Transit delivery vans for its operations in New York and California. These will be deployed later this year.

The vans have been produced by Lightning eMotors that designs and makes zero emission medium and heavy duty vans. They are capable of hitting 61MPGe, as against a typical gas mileage of 13MPG on fossil fuel powered vans. The vans include telematics and analytics software to drive efficiencies into drivers’ routing.

“We’re aiming to improve the lives of people where they live and work, using clean pickup and delivery solutions – such as electric vehicles and cargo cycles – for our first- and last-mile services,” said DHL Express US CEO Greg Hewitt. “With the successful deployment of the first nine pilot vehicles, we are excited to expand our electric delivery van footprint and continue to drive forward our corporate roadmap to decarbonisation.”

DHL Express’s parent company Deutsche Post DHL recently announced a slow transition to carbon neutrality. This effort is part of its wider gentle efforts toward decarbonising its large US fleet.

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