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DHL orders Alice eCargo planes to invest in zero-emission logistics

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DHL Express is making a historic investment in sustainable aviation with its order of 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Seattle-area based electric aircraft manufacturer Eviation.

The Alice aircraft allows airlines – both cargo and passenger – to operate a zero-emission fleet.

Eviation expects to deliver the planes to DHL Express in 2024.

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In a statement, DHL Express CEO John Pearson emphasized DHL’s firm belief in a future with zero-emission logistics.

“Therefore, our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint,” Pearson said.

“On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions,” he said.

“Founded in 1969, DHL Express has been known as a pioneer in the aviation industry for decades. We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation.”

Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1,200 kg. It requires 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and has a maximum range of up to 815 km (440 nautical miles).

The plane is set to operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft.

“From day one, we set an audacious goal to transform the aviation industry and create a new era with electric aircraft,” said Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay.

“Partnering with companies like DHL who are the leaders in sustainable e-cargo transportation is a testament that the electric era is upon us. This announcement is a significant milestone on our quest to transform the future of flight across the globe,” Bar-Yohay said.

The aircraft is ideal for feeder routes and requires less investment in station infrastructure. It can also be charged while loading and unloading operations occur, ensuring quick turnaround times to maintain tight schedules.

Eviation’s Alice all-electric aircraft is on track for its first flight in late 2021.

Source: DHL


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