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DHL Express on its way to greener delivery with a larger electric vehicle fleet

Tay Peck Gek
Published Tue, Jun 21, 2022 · 11:00 AM

LOGISTICS player DHL Express Singapore is on its way to more sustainable delivery as it is adding 80 electric vans to its fleet of 10 electric vehicles.

When another 25 are put to service in the next 1 year, the German logistics heavyweight would have 115 electric vehicles or 30 per cent of its ground fleet here in Singapore being electric vehicles.

The Business Times understands that DHL is not charging its customers more at the moment for cutting carbon footprint in delivery.

DHL Express Singapore managing director Christopher Ong said on Tuesday (Jun 21) at a ceremony for the electric vehicle fleet expansion: "We are excited to be taking a bold step towards our sustainability goals and to be charging up for a greener future. By transitioning to electric vehicles, DHL Express Singapore is set to eliminate a total of 323 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions yearly, and this is just the beginning for us."

The reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is equivalent to electricity consumption of 136 households a year or charging 39 million smartphones a year.

DHL's S$8 million investment on electrifying its fleet over the next 5 years will include a 5-year leasing and maintenance agreement with ComfortDelGro Rent-A-Car, the leasing unit of mainboard-listed ComfortDelGro for the 80 electric vans.

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Also, the investment includes the installation of 105 charging points across its service centres and 25 more other electric vehicles for operations support.

DHL group is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Transport Minister S Iswaran graced the electric vehicle expansion ceremony at DHL’s service centre in Greenwich Drive near Tampines Road.

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