Logistics provider DHL Express is adding electric cargo planes to its fleet, becoming the first customer of Aviation, a Seattle-based electric aviation company.
Why is this important: As on-demand delivery explodes, shipping and logistics providers like DHL are under pressure to make every mode of their operations more sustainable – planes, trucks, last mile delivery vans and even their buildings.
- DHL has committed € 7 billion ($ 8.3 billion at today’s rate) by 2030 for measures to reduce its CO2 emissions, on its way to a zero emissions target by 2050 .
Driving the news: DHL announced today that it has ordered 12 fully electric Alice cargo planes from Eviation and expects to take delivery in 2024.
Details: Alice, which can be configured for freight or passengers, takes 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and has a maximum range of around 500 miles.
- It can be flown by a single pilot and carry up to 2,600 pounds, and can operate in environments where piston and turbine airplanes are currently used.
- As with electric automobiles, fewer moving parts mean lower maintenance costs and increased reliability, according to Eviation.
- Its operating software continuously monitors flight performance to ensure optimum efficiency. A first flight is scheduled for later this year.
What they say : “From day one, we set ourselves the bold goal of transforming the aviation industry and creating a new era with electric aircraft, ”said Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay.
- “Partnering with companies like DHL, which are leaders in sustainable freight transport, is a testament to the fact that the electric age is upon us. This announcement is an important step in our quest to transform the future of flying around the world. ”
What to watch: DHL plans to build several zero-emission Alice power grids in the United States, targeting the west coast and southeastern United States