DHL and Ford Pro partner to accelerate EV usage in last mile deliveries

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Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford Pro, a branch of the American automotive manufacturer specialising in commercial fleet vehicles, have signed a memorandum of understanding to speed up the electrification of last mile delivery fleets around the world.

The agreement sets out a plan for Ford Pro to provide Deutsche Post DHL Group with over 2,000 electric vans to be used in throughout its worldwide network by the end of 2023.

Ford Pro’s electric vans will bolster the existing fleets of the group’s two brands, Deutsche Post and DHL, and should reduce both distribution companies’ costs as well as carbon emissions.

Hans Schep, General Manager of Ford Pro Europe said: “Ford Pro and Deutsche Post DHL Group share the vision of greater sustainability and a commitment to electrified solutions, and this agreement is a major step towards millions of deliveries being completed by electrified vehicles around the world.”

Both firms have made ambitious commitments to reducing climate change by cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Ford is working towards zero emissions for all vehicle sales as well as carbon neutrality in its European facilities by 2035 and global carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Post DHL Group is itself committed to investing €7 billion in strengthening its clean operations and reaching its net zero emissions target. The group aims to have the majority of its vehicles for pick-up and delivery be electric by 2030.

“Electrification of last mile logistics is a major pillar to decarbonise our operations” said Anna Spinelli, Chief Procurement Officer and Head of Mobility at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

She continued: “Adding the new Ford E-Transit to our global fleet of around 27,000 electric vans further strengthens our capability of providing green delivery services worldwide. Joining forces to address our logistics-specific requirements will drive operational and service efficiency further.”

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