DHL Express commits to “clean pickup and delivery solutions” in the U.S.

After a successful initial pilot program with nine Lightning Electric Ford Transit 350HD electric vehicles in the US late last year, DHL Express plans to deploy the remaining 89 electric vehicles in New York and California this year.

The new electric vehicles will be manufactured by Lightning eMotors, a developer and manufacturer of emission-free medium and heavy commercial vehicles. They are extremely durable, reaching 61 MPGe, compared to 13 MPG for similar gas-powered vans. This also includes proprietary telematics and analysis software that helps with route optimization, driver training and vehicle efficiency.

“We want to improve people’s lives where they live and work by using clean pickup and delivery solutions such as electric vehicles and cargo bikes for our first and last mile services,” said Greg Hewitt, US CEO of DHL Express . “With the successful use of the first nine pilot vehicles, we are pleased to expand our floor space for electric delivery vans and to further advance our company roadmap for decarbonization.”

The new vans expand an already robust AFV (Alternative Fuel Vehicle) fleet for DHL Express in the USA, which in addition to e-cargo cycles with low power consumption also includes all-electric, hybrid-electric and clean diesel types. DHL also began piloting four electric tractor-trailer vehicles in the Los Angeles market to move goods to and from the DHL LAX gateway and local service centers.

“These new electric vehicles are designed to better serve DHL customers and help couriers deliver packages more efficiently and effectively,” said Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “At the same time, they are helping DHL meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve urban air quality and reduce road noise.”

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