Proud to go green

Green solutions for last-mile pickup and delivery bring not only environmental benefits, but also help ignite passion in employees.

On the road to zero-emission logistics, Deutsche Post DHL Group wants to provide 70% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions by 2025. One of these solutions is the electric motorbike, which DHL has begun deploying around the world as a quiet and clean alternative to gasoline-fueled bikes. In 2018, DHL eCommerce in Malaysia joined a growing list of DHL country organizations which are testing e-bikes and starting to build their charging infrastructure in order to offer customers efficient and environmentally friendly delivery. As is turns out, the e-bikes are not only reducing noise, emissions and fuel costs, but also putting a charge in employee engagement.. Benjamin Jacob, a DHL courier in Kuala Lumpur is one of the team members testing the e-bike - and he is proud to go electric.

How do you like your new e-bike and how does it differ from your old one?
I like it! It’s clean, quiet and somewhat of a novelty here in Kuala Lumpur. It handles and performs more or less like a conventional bike, but there are some pretty big differences. “Refueling” is much more convenient because I can charge at the hub instead of heading to a petrol station. I do need to be mindful of the battery life and plan my route well, but usually there is still about 60% battery life remaining after the day’s delivery runs. Of course there’s no exhaust and almost no noise. It’s still rather rare to find an electric vehicle in Kuala Lumpur, so when I’m waiting quietly at a traffic light, fellow riders think my bike has stalled. Then I accelerate quickly and silently – always good for a surprise!

"I’m proud to be part of this ambitious goal."

How does it make you feel to be leading the way in green logistics?
Everyone here is excited about the e-mobility pilot and the fact that we are taking steps to go electric. Roads in Kuala Lumpur can get congested and air pollution is a problem so I’m happy that I do my bit to tackle this issue. I have always been quite conscious of preserving the environment, but it’s not that easy without access to green solutions. Now I have the e-bike, and it’s great knowing that my daily work is making a difference..

Do you think zero-emissions is a realistic target for 2050?
For now, I’m proud to be part of this ambitious goal; it’s motivating to feel like we’re part of something bigger. I know that DHL wants to train us to become certified GoGreen specialists and get us more involved in environmental action. I like that, and I like the e-bike solution, so I feel like we’re moving in the right direction. Zero-emissions and 2015 both sound a bit far off today, but the e-bike is already a big step and it ’s only 2018, so I’m optimistic.


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