DHL Express has announced the addition of 80 electric vehicles to its Singapore fleet in partnership with transport company ComfortDelGro.
Along with the 10 EVs that are currently in its fleet, DHL Express Singapore will have a total of 90 EVs on Singapore roads by October 2022. This eight-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles in operation will make DHL Express Singapore the first logistics provider in the country to transition to a commercial EV fleet of this scale.
DHL Express Singapore also announced that it will be investing close to SGD 8 million into electrifying its fleet over the next five years. This investment will be put into both vehicles as well as charging infrastructure. 80 electric vans will be provided by means of a five-year EV leasing and maintenance agreement with ComfortDelGro’s car leasing subsidiary, ComfortDelGro Rent-A-Car. The investment will also finance the installation of 105 charging points across ComfortDelGro service centers. Another 25 electric vehicles of other vehicle types that have not yet been disclosed, will support other areas of operations, such as shipment distribution across its facilities and should be added in the next 12 months.
The electric vans will be procured through Cycle & Carriage, which is the authorized distributor of the chosen van model, Citroën ë-Dispatch. For the charging side off things, Siemens VersiCharge AC charger will be installed across DHL Express service centers by EV charger service provider EVOne.
DHL is a pioneer in decarbonizing its fleets. The German logistics and postal services company was a founding member of the EV100 initiative from the Climate Group. When German automakers failed to produce a emission-free delivery van in time, the DHL-Group made their own with StreetScooter, which it has since sold. In the UK recently, DHL put 270 Ford E-Transit electric vans into operation to serve over 30 different locations including London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton, Liverpool, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Now, in Singapore, smart charging points at DHL Express service centers will be used to charge the new electric vans. These charge points have apparently been equipped with special capabilities such as an anti-EV hogging monitoring system, and an EV model or license plate recognition system. These should allow operations staff to make effective use of the available charging points at any given time.
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