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DHL Express orders first-ever all-electric cargo planes from Eviation

DHL Express and Eviation, the Seattle-area based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, wrote aviation history in announcing that DHL is the first to order 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation.

With this engagement DHL aims to set up an unparalleled electric Express network and take a pioneering step towards a sustainable aviation future. Eviation’s Alice is the world’s leading fully electric aircraft, which enables airlines – both cargo and passenger – to operate a zero-emission fleet. Eviation expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024.

“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “Therefore, our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint. 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.”

Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lbs). It will require 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and have a maximum range of up to 815 kilometers (440 nautical miles). Alice will operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft. Alice’s advanced electric motors have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs.

“From day one, we set an audacious goal to transform the aviation industry and create a new era with electric aircraft,” said Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay. The aircraft is ideal for feeder routes and requires less investment in station infrastructure. “Using all-electric cargo planes is a huge step towards building a greener logistics industry. We are proud to make this commitment, and be a part of this sustainable aviation movement. With more organizations in Sri Lanka pushing hard on their sustainability efforts, I am excited that DHL Express is taking the lead in the industry and be in a position to inspire more players to improve their carbon footprint,” added Dimithri Perera, Country Manager, DHL Express Sri Lanka.

Deutsche Post DHL Group’s zero emissions target by 2050 has already been in place for four years. With the company committing to new, ambitious interim targets, decarbonization of its operations is one of the main pillars of DPDHL Group’s new Sustainability roadmap announced in Q1 2021.


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