Ford Pro and Deutsche Post DHL Group will introduce more electrified vans as part of their plan to provide sustainable and green services.
Ford is targeting zero emissions for all vehicle sales and carbon neutrality across its European footprint of facilities, logistics, and supplies by 2035. It will supply DHL with more than 2,000 electric delivery vans worldwide by the end of 2023 that will be used for last-mile deliveries in several countries around the world.
“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,” Ford Pro Europe general manager Hans Schep said. “E-Transit is the top-selling commercial EV in North America and since June is also the best-seller in its segment in Europe, meaning the all-electric 2-tonne van is already making big strides to support this ambition.”
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The first E-Transits have already been delivered to DHL Group and join the American and European fleets at the busiest time of the year where they will handle express shipments.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies will also allow them to explore the co-development of future products, including digital and charging solutions. Ford Pro will also provide DHL with access to test vehicles and monitoring services.
DHL Group plans to invest €7 billion ($7.3 billion) this decade in its pursuit of net-zero emissions logistics. It hopes that its fleet will consist of 60 per cent electric vehicles for pick-up and delivery services by 2030.
“Electrification of last mile logistics is a major pillar to decarbonize our operations,” DHL Group chief procurement officer and head of mobility Anna Spinelli added. “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.”