DHL Express have announced a partnership with Fiat Professional purchasing 100 of the brand’s newly launched E-Ducato electric vans. This is part of the delivery company’s move to greener solutions on the road. DHL Express plans to have more than 14,000 electric vans in operation in Europe by 2030 to reduce their carbon emissions.
The E-Ducato, which was officially launched last week, offers a load volume of 10-17m³ depending on the model version with a payload of up 1,950kg. It’s available in 47kWh and 90kWh battery version that offer up to 146 miles (235km) and 224 miles (370km) respectively in the urban cycle. To make life easier for the drivers it can charge up to 62 miles (100km) in just 30 minutes.
With these statistics, the E-Ducato is well suited for last-mile logistics. In line with the recently launched Sustainability Roadmap of DPDHL Group, DHL Express plans to have more than 14,000 electric vans in operation in Europe by 2030 to reduce their carbon emissions.
In Europe, DHL Express connects consumers and businesses in more than 60 countries and territories relying on a pickup and delivery fleet that consists of around 500 electric vans, mainly operating in urban regions.
Due to the high customer demand for international Express deliveries the company expects its European last-mile fleet growing to approximately 20,000 vans by 2030. To transform its sustainability strategy into reality the company is strongly committed that 60 percent of its fleet operate electric by end of the current decade.
Alberto Nobis, CEO of DHL Express Europe, said: “We strongly believe that the future of last-mile logistics is electric. To fulfil our purpose of connecting people and improving lives, we have committed to getting greener and cleaner in what we do every single day.
“By adding the E-Ducatos to our fleet, we take the next important step to reach our goal of electrifying the major part of our last-mile delivery fleet. With Fiat Professional, we found what we were looking for: state-of-the-art technology and powerful batteries which enables us to reach beyond 200 km with one charge to deliver our customers their Express shipments – fast and green.”
For DHL Express the strategic partnership with Fiat represents the next evolution of the so far already taken measures to deliver shipments without any CO2 emissions to its customers. The company is using cargo bikes in large urban areas such as Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Main. It’s also connecting its distribution facilities in the city centres of London and Amsterdam via boat to reduce inner-city traffic volume and CO2 emissions.
Eric Laforge, head of LCV Enlarged Europe at Stellantis, said: “We’re proud that a player as important as DHL Express has chosen the E-Ducato as part of such an ambitious goal. With the E-Ducato, our task was not only to develop a sustainable product from both an economic and environmental perspective, but most of all to provide a complete mobility solution for our partners.”
The electrification of last-mile logistics is one of the main pillars of DPDHL Group’s recently announced Sustainability roadmap. The Group is investing a total of 7 billion euros (Opex and Capex) by 2030 in measures to reduce its CO2 emissions. In addition to the electrification of the vehicles, the funds will go in particular towards sustainable aviation fuels and climate-neutral buildings.