DHL and E.ON Team Up to Electrify Logistics

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Picture of a DHL employee charging an electric delivery truck (E-truck) at a station. Credit: DHL

German logistics giant DHL Group has joined forces with energy provider E.ON to expand charging infrastructure for electric trucks in Germany.

This collaboration aims to make the logistics industry greener by streamlining the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) for heavy-duty transportation.

E.ON Takes the Wheel on Charging Infrastructure

Under the agreement, E.ON will take charge of planning, building, and operating fast-charging stations and transformer facilities at DHL's German locations. These stations will be specifically designed for electric trucks, allowing for convenient charging at loading docks and outdoor parking areas within DHL's facilities. E.ON is even developing innovative solutions like overhead cable guidance systems to ensure efficient charging even in tight spaces.

Benefits Extend Beyond DHL

The partnership extends its benefits beyond DHL's own operations. Fleet operators and transportation companies working with DHL will also gain access to these charging stations, encouraging wider adoption of electric trucks within the logistics sector. This aligns with DHL's sustainability strategy, which focuses on providing climate-friendly solutions to its partners and optimising customer supply chains for reduced emissions and environmental impact.

Andreas Mündel, Senior Vice President Strategy & Operation Programs at DHL Group, says: "The electrification of our fleet, especially in the area of heavy commercial vehicles, is an important building block on the way to our goal of making the entire logistics chain as sustainable as possible. We are delighted that we can work with E.ON to expand the charging infrastructure for us and our partners."

Mathias Wiecher, Chief Commercial Officer of E.ON Drive, explains: "The switch to electromobility is a key element in reducing emissions in the transportation and logistics sector. At the same time, electrifying an entire fleet of trucks is a challenge that should not be underestimated. Our goal is to find the optimal solution for our customers that meets both operational requirements and sustainability goals. We look forward to tackling this project together with DHL and thus actively shaping the change in logistics."

DHL's Sustainability Goals in Action

This partnership directly supports DHL Group's Strategy 2025, which aims to reduce logistics-related greenhouse gas emissions to under 29 million tons of CO2e by 2030. This aligns with the Science Based Targets Initiative.

DHL is actively implementing various initiatives to achieve this goal, including using sustainable aviation fuels, operating carbon-neutral buildings, expanding its eco-friendly product portfolio, and electrifying its vehicle fleet.

The company already has 35 electric trucks in Germany and over 35,200 electric vehicles for pickup and delivery services. By 2030, they aim for electric vehicles to make up 60% of their delivery fleet.

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