In a move towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future, DHL Express Ireland has taken a significant step by replacing 44 diesel-powered pick-up and delivery (PUD) vehicles with 44 state-of-the-art electric vehicles (EVs) from Ford.
In advance of the EV launch, DHL had already successfully established the essential EV charging infrastructure across all of its main service centres in Ireland. This ambitious initiative, backed by an initial investment of €4.3 million, marks the first phase of a comprehensive EV rollout plan, with an additional €4 million of investment planned over the coming years.
“DHL Express Ireland is committed to a greener, ultimately emission-free future. Our decision to transition from diesel to electric vehicles underscores our dedication to sustainability and aligns with our broader DHL Group mission of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. As part of this journey, the DHL Group has committed to invest €7 billion through to 2030 in clean operations to reduce logistics-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions” stated Mike Farrell, National Operations Director at DHL Express Ireland.
Benefits of the transition to EV’s include:
- Carbon Emission Reduction: The adoption of electric pick-up and delivery vehicles will lead to a significant reduction of 229 tons of CO2 emissions annually, contributing to Ireland’s sustainability efforts.
- Electrifying the Fleet: DHL Express Ireland is set to achieve a momentous milestone by transitioning 100% of its leased commercial delivery fleet to electric vehicles, specifically targeting vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tons or less.
In addition to the electrification of the vehicle fleet, DHL Express Ireland has taken proactive measures to ensure the EV charging infrastructure is robust and sustainable:
- Strategic Service Centers: All four main service centers across Ireland have been equipped with comprehensive EV infrastructure to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles.
- EV-Ready Facilities: 10% of all car parking spaces at each of the four service centers are now EV-capable, with the flexibility to expand this capacity as required, showcasing DHL’s commitment to adapt to the evolving EV landscape and support staff members who transition to EV’s.
This electrification initiative marks an important milestone not only for DHL Express Ireland but also for the logistics sector as a whole. By embracing new and innovative technologies DHL continues to lead the lead the way in reducing its carbon footprint and developing sustainable logistics to support our customers.