DHL Express Singapore adds 80 commercial EVs to its fleet for greener deliveries.

Feeling a little guilty for ordering or shipping one too many things? Wish your deliveries could be carried out in more eco-friendly ways? Well, this announcement from DHL Express Singapore should ease your mind.

Earlier this week, DHL Express Singapore announced the addition of 80 electric vehicles (EVs) to its fleet in partnership with ComfortDelGro.

Adding to its current fleet of 10 EVs, the new EVs will replace its internal combustion engine vans. This move makes DHL Express Singapore the first logistics provider in the country to transition to a commercial EV fleet of this scale.

geared towards greener goals.

It also signifies DHL Express Singapore’s commitment to building cleaner and greener logistics operations in the Asia Pacific, while aligning its goals with those set by Singapore’s 2030 Green Plan which aims to put more EVs on Singapore’s roads.

\Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said, “We are on a journey towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 with a focus on clean operations. As a leader in express logistics, we have a responsibility to guide and influence the industry to reduce carbon footprint across logistics operations. Globally, we have made significant progress in sustainable aviation with our partnership with Neste and bp on sustainable aviation fuel. Today’s electric vehicle fleet expansion marks another huge step forward as we green our land transport.”

His sentiments were echoed by Christopher Ong, Managing Director of DHL Express Singapore.

“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 tons of CO2 emissions yearly, and this is just the beginning for us. We look forward to staying true to our Mission 2050 goal and continuing to connect people and improve lives in a greener future,” he shared.

kickstarting a greener today.

(L-R) Mary Ong, CEO, ComfortDelGro Rent-A-Car, Mr. S. Iswaran, Minister for Transport, Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, Christopher Ong, Managing Director, DHL Express Singapore.

At the launch ceremony on 21 June, officiated by Minister S. Iswaran, Minister of Transport, DHL Express Singapore also announced that it would be investing close to SGD 8 million into electrifying its fleet over the next five years. Part of the amount will go towards a five-year EV leasing and maintenance agreement with ComfortDelGro’s car leasing subsidiary, ComfortDelGro Rent-A-Car Pte Ltd for 80 electric vans.

In addition, it will support the installation of 105 charging points across its service centers, and 25 more EVs of other vehicle types that will support other areas of operations, such as shipment distribution across its facilities. These 25 other EVs will be added in the next 12 months.

greener vehicles.

And if you’re wondering what’s their choice of vehicle, they’ve chosen the reliable Citroën ë-Dispatch EV, leased to DHL by ComfortDelGro Rent-A-Car.

Mary Ong, CEO, ComfortDelGro Rent-A-Car, said, “ComfortDelGro Rent-A-Car and DHL Express Singapore has had more than 20 years of partnership. We are therefore excited to be a part of its sustainability journey of integrating EVs into its fleet. We hope that with the leasing of that many Citroën ë-Dispatch vehicles to DHL, our partnership will grow from strength to strength.”

The Citroën ë-Dispatch EV can travel a distance of up to 339 km and have cargo space of up to 5.3m³, with a payload of 1000 kg. They can be charged from 0% to 80% in 48 minutes and are equipped with driver assistance features such as hill-start assist, an anti-lock braking system, and an electronic stability program. These driver features will also enhance the safety and driving experience for the couriers on the road.

Apart from this, smart charging points at DHL Express service centers will help provide daily charge required by the EVs. These charging points have special capabilities such as an anti-EV hogging monitoring system, and an EV model or license plate recognition system which allows operations staff to make effective use of available charging points.

We look forward to catching these commercial EVs on the road!

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brintha loganathan

Apart from being futr Singapore's editor, Brin also churns out copy for Strada Visual Lab. Hobbies include mothering, "reality TV" and good beer. Mmm.

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