UPS to increase electric fleet in Germany
Two hybrid vehicles have already been deployed in Hanover, with the remainder being deployed in Bielefeld, Frankfurt and Nuremberg. Meanwhile, UPS’ e-vehicles will be deployed in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt-am-Main first with additional cities to follow.
It has been reported that the new addition will create a reduction of up to 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
The latest conversion plans from UPS are a part of the ZUKUNFT.DE initiative sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to make package delivery more sustainable.
“Fleet electrification is one of the areas where we seek to act as an industry leader,” commented Luke Wake, director of automotive engineering & advanced technology group, UPS International. “Our operations are well suited toward electric vehicle technologies but the lack of vehicle availability continues to prove frustrating. As one of the world’s leading logistics providers, we want to show with these conversions that the technology is here today, it’s real, it works and we want to encourage the mass adoption of commercial electric vehicles in the marketplace.”
The technology within the hybrid vehicles have been sourced from Lithuanian company, Elinta and fitted by German automotive manufacturer Sommer. While the electric vehicles are being refitted by German company EFA-S.
"We're electrifying the last mile. Low in emissions and quiet – that's how packages will soon arrive. We are investing ten million euros in sustainable delivery vehicles," said Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
Did you know? UPS deploys 10,000 low emission vehicles worldwide to determine what alternative fuels and technology works best for different routes and deliveries.
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DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.