Deutsche Post DHL plans to help make Bonn the first city in Germany with a carbon-free vehicle concept, when it switches its delivery services there to electric vehicles.
The company has announced that the pilot project will see around 141 electric vehicles on the road by 2016, with 79 in service by the end of this year, resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions of more than 500 tonnes a year.
“Because we see the effects of global trade on the environment, we accept responsibility, said CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, Frank Appel.
“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.”
The project is part of the company’s investment in alternative drive technologies and reduction of CO2 emissions, contributing to the group-wide GoGreen programme, and has been supported by the German government’s electromobility support programme.
“I’m very pleased that Bonn is playing a pioneering role, said Jürgen Nimptsch, mayor of Bonn.
“In the future, our already green city will further benefit from Deutsche Post’s carbon-neutral delivery vehicles.”