DHL Express orders first-ever all-electric cargo planes

DHL Express and all-electric aircraft manufacturer, Eviation, have announced DHL’s first order of twelve Alice eCargo planes.

With this engagement DHL aims to set up an electric Express network including sustainable aviation. Eviation’s Alice is the world’s leading fully electric aircraft, which enables airlines – both cargo and passenger – to operate a zero-emission fleet.

Eviation expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024.

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

Alice will operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft. Alice’s advanced electric motors have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs. Its operating software constantly monitors flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency.

John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, said: “We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics, Therefore, our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint. 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.

“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.”

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

Image: courtesy DHL Press Release: Bonn/Arlington, August 3, 2021

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