DHL Express and Eviation, the Seattle-based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, write aviation history. They have announced that DHL is the first to order 12 all-electric Alice eCargo aircraft from Eviation. With this commitment, DHL aims to establish an unparalleled electric Express network and take a pioneering step towards a sustainable aviation future.
Eviations Alice is the world’s leading all-electric aircraft, enabling airlines – both cargo and passengers – to operate a zero-emission fleet. The aircraft manufacturer expects to deliver the Alice Electric aircraft to DHL Express by 2024.
“We strongly believe in a future of zero-emission logistics,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “That is why our investments always follow the goal of improving our environmental footprint. On the road to clean logistics operations, the electrification of all modes of transport plays a crucial role and will make a significant contribution to our overall zero-emission sustainability goals. DHL Express, founded in 1969, has been known as a pioneer in the aviation industry for decades. We have found the perfect partner with Eviation because they share our goals, and together we will enter a new era of sustainable aviation. ”
1,200 kg load
Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will be able to carry 1,200 kilos. It takes 30 minutes or less to charge per. flight time, and the aircraft has a range of up to 815 kilometers (440 nautical miles). Alice will operate in all environments currently operated by piston and turbine aircraft. Alice’s advanced electric motors have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs. The control software continuously monitors the flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency.
“From day one, we set ourselves a courageous goal of transforming the aviation industry and creating a new era of electric aircraft,” said Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay. “Collaboration with companies such as DHL, which is a leader in sustainable e-freight transport, is proof that the electric age has arrived. This announcement is an important milestone in our quest to transform the future of flying around the world. “
Tight delivery schedules
Alice is specially designed so that it can be configured for e-freight or passengers. Eviation’s Alice all-electric plane is on its way to its maiden flight later this year. Alice can be charged during loading and unloading, ensuring fast turnaround times that maintain DHL Express’ tight schedules.
“My compliments to Eviation for the innovative development of the all-electric Alice aircraft,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “With Alice’s reach and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network. Our ambition is to make a significant contribution to reducing our CO2 footprint, and these advances in fleet and technology will go a long way towards achieving further CO2 reductions. For us and our customers, this is a very important step in our decarbonisation journey and a step forward for the aviation industry as a whole. “
7 billion euros
Decarbonisation of its activities is one of the key pillars of the DPDHL Group’s new sustainability strategy, which was announced in the first quarter of 2021. The Group will invest a total of DKK 7 billion. EUR (Opex and Capex) in 2030 in measures to reduce CO2 emissions. . The money will mainly go to electrification of last-mile supply fleets, sustainable aviation fuels and climate-neutral buildings.