Deutsche Post DHL Group has reached a major milestone in the electrification of its delivery fleet after pressing its 20,000th electric vehicle into service. The latest e-vehicle will provide green deliveries for communities in Berlin, Germany.
The addition is part of Deutsche Post’s Sustainability Roadmap which has allocated a budget of €300m (US$313m) toward the electrification of its fleet for 2022. A similar amount has been allocated towards the construction and refurbishing of operating sites to make them more eco-friendly. These include carbon-free delivery depots – 100 of which are scheduled for completion at the end of this year.
Over the next two years, Post & Parcel Germany will also acquire more than 400 (bio)gas-powered trucks to make transporting shipments between mail and parcel centers greener. In addition, the company is now offering a new portfolio of ‘GoGreen Plus’ products, offering customers the chance to proactively manage and reduce their carbon footprint by choosing shipment by rail.
Tobias Meyer, CEO Post & Parcel Germany at Deutsche Post DHL Group, said, “In the course of the last 12 months, we’ve become even more climate-friendly across all of our logistics services – from our product portfolio to shipping, from our buildings to last-mile delivery. We currently have the largest e-fleet in the logistics sector. Deliveries in over 50% of our delivery districts are now carbon-free, and our overall emissions are well below those of competitors. If conditions allow, sustainable, carbon-neutral post and parcel services can become a reality Germany-wide in the course of the next few years.”