DHL introduces all 'green' fleet in Manhattan
DHL is rolling out an all 'green' fleet of commercial delivery vehicles in Manhattan to help reduce its impact on the city's environment. Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL, announced the company's initiative in New York City as he presented the inaugural vehicles in the 80-vehicle fleet. By September 2011, DHL Express will operate 30 American-made, battery-powered electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks that will cut down fossil fuel use and in combination reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent each year in comparison to conventional vehicles.
Slideshow: Green delivery vehicles
- All 'green' fleet in Manhattan
- Charging the Ford Transit Connect
- Delivery in Manhattan
- Parcel delivery in Manhattan
- Silent and with less emissions
- Azure Balance at Times Square
All 'green' fleet in Manhattan
The two types of green vehicles to be used in New York City by DHL Express are being manufactured in the U.S. by Azure Dynamics, a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric commercial vehicles. Ford Motor Co. has produced the chassis for these vehicles. The Balance Hybrid Electric (right) vehicle components combine Azure's hybrid powertrain with a Ford E450 chassis. By converting DHL's existing Ford E450s into hybrids, the vehicle's fuel economy will improve by up to 40 percent while emissions will be reduced by about 30 percent. Azure will also integrate its Force Drive electric powertrain into new Ford Transit Connect vans (left).
Charging the Ford Transit Connect
Azure Dynamics will integrate its Force Drive electric powertrain into new Ford Transit Connect vans. Using an advanced lithium-ion battery, the van can achieve a range of up to 80 miles on a single charge and can be recharged overnight. The Transit Connect Electric is virtually silent, thus reducing exterior and interior noise, and has zero tailpipe emissions.
Delivery in Manhattan
DHL is rolling out an all "green" fleet of commercial delivery vehicles in Manhattan to help reduce its impact on the city's environment. Seen in the image is a Ford Transit Transit Connect Electric equipped with Azure's Force Drive electric powertrain.
Parcel delivery in Manhattan
In a large international city like New York, this fleet investment, which dovetails with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's comprehensive plan to lower carbon emissions throughout the city, allows DHL to serve customers with sustainable solutions and improved resource efficiency.
Seen in the image is a Balance Hybrid Electric, a Ford E450 delivery truck converted into a hybrid by Azure.
Silent and with less emissions
"Sustainability, especially the reduction of carbon emissions, is a central aspect of our business and an integral part of our corporate strategy. As the global leader in logistics we are ideally positioned to foster climate protection in order to save our environment for future generations," said Appel.
Azure Balance at Times Square
"New Yorkers can have cleaner air and efficient freight delivery, thanks to this effort to reduce the emissions from the delivery trucks our just-in-time economy depends on, " said David Bragdon, Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for New York City.