DHL, the world’s leading logistics service provider, has taken another step toward its goal of reaching emission neutrality by 2050. This week its DHL Express unit announced it has begun assembly of an electric freight network with the acquisition of 12 battery-powered aircraft from Seattle-based Eviation.
DHL buys electric aircraft as first step in zero-emission freight network
The deal, whose value was not revealed, will supply DHL Express with a dozen of Eviation’s electric Alice aircraft, making it the first company to buy the vehicle. The single pilot plane has a maximum capacity of 2,600 lbs., and can fly up to 506 miles at a top speed of around 253 mph. One main feature of the craft is it can be fully recharged in just 30 minutes, allowing for rapid turn-around between flights. The electric motors on Alice planes are described as containing fewer moving parts than most, a design aiming to increase reliability while reducing maintenance costs.