Deutsche Post DHL is deploying electrically powered commercial vehicles for its delivery services in Bonn and the surrounding region making the city the first location in Germany with a carbon-free vehicle concept.
Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, presented the project today in Bonn with German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, Corporate Board Member MAIL Jürgen Gerdes and the mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch.
To start off with, the pilot project will see 79 electric vehicles put into service by the end of the year in Bonn and the surrounding area for parcel delivery and combined mail and parcel delivery.
By 2016 Deutsche Post DHL predict 141 electric vehicles will be on the road, which will result in decreased CO2 emissions of over 500 tons per year.
Commenting on the initiative, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Frank Appel, said: “As the world’s leading logistics company, we operate one of the world’s largest vehicle fleets. And because we see the effects of global trade on the environment, we accept responsibility: alternative drive systems have already been in use in our fleet for years.”
“Focusing on city deliveries, we can lower both environmental and noise pollution, and we will be able to reduce our fuel consumption,” added Corporate Board Member MAIL Jürgen Gerdes.
Deutsche Post DHL will be deploying an electric vehicle called the “StreetScooter” for the pilot project. The company specifically designed the model last year for mail and parcel delivery in cooperation with StreetScooter GmbH and institutes at the RWTH Aachen University.
An initial production run of 50 vehicles will be delivered starting in summer of 2013. 20 vehicles will be put into service in the pilot project for carbon-neutral delivery in Bonn and another 30 will be used throughout Germany to transport mail and parcels.
The project is supported by the German government’s electromobility support program.
Source: Deutsche Post DHL