On 21 May 2013, Deutsche Post DHL presented a pilot project that will see the deployment of electric delivery vehicles in its fleet, starting in mid-2013 in the Bonn city center and surrounding region. 79 EVs will be put into service by the end of the year, and 141 EVs are expected by 2016.
This pilot project is unique worldwide and can serve as a role model for other cities and regions,” said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL.
Alternative drive systems have already been in use in our fleet for years. With about 8,500 vehicles with environmentally friendly drive systems across our operations, we have one of the most efficient fleets in the sector.”
Timeline of the project
In an initial phase, 79 vehicles will be put into service by the end of the year in Bonn and the surrounding area for parcel delivery and combined mail and parcel delivery.
The pilot project will see about 141 electric vehicles on the road by 2016, resulting in decreased CO2 emissions of over 500 tons per year.
Even at the start of the project, Bonn will already be host to one of the world’s largest fleets of electrically powered commercial vehicles for combined delivery.
The project is supported by the German government’s electromobility support program.
Source: Cars 21