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Ford Transit Electric Delivery Vans Added to DHL Fleets

  • Ford Pro and DHL are bringing more electric delivery vehicles to more locations, including a new order for 2,000 all-electric Ford E-Transit vans.
  • DHL plans to use mostly zero-emission vans by 2030 and has nearly 27,000 electric vans in operation around the world.
  • In the US, the commercial E-Transit starts at $55,585 and has a maximum Ford-estimated range of 126 miles.

The ever-elusive “last mile” challenge is getting another contender. Ford Pro, the automaker’s new, separate global vehicle services and distribution business, announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Post DHL Group to supply the logistics company with more than 2,000 all-electric delivery vans. Ford Pro was initially focused on North America and Europe, but the announcement says the electric vans are part of DHL’s zero-emission logistics efforts that will ultimately reduce emissions from delivery vehicles “around the world.”

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Ford will deliver more than 2,000 electric delivery vans to DHL by the end of 2023. Some of DHL’s new electric delivery vehicles will be the two-tonne E-Transit model. These commercial vans will come with Ford Pro’s connected E-Telematics software and charging solutions, designed to make it easier for fleet operators to coordinate charging and other changes required by transitioning to zero-emission EVs . Ford said it could also use information gleaned from the new EVs to develop future products with Deutsche Post DHL Group for the delivery company’s specific operations. As a related example, Ford recently designed and delivered vans with custom boxes for DHL vans delivering goods in German cities.

2023 ford transit dhl etc
2023 ford transit dhl etc

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DHL has been testing other electric delivery vehicles in its global fleet. In 2017, DHL ordered 2,500 electric Ford Transit vans and bought nearly 100 others to be converted by Lightning eMotors in early 2021. DHL currently operates nearly 27,000 electric vans around the world, including Bulgaria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. DHL said it aims for 60 percent of its pickup and delivery vehicles to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Other automakers are also putting electric delivery vans into service. For example, FedEx was the first customer to test BrightDrop’s EV600 electric van, and Amazon uses more than 1,000 Rivian electric delivery vans in the U.S. Ford previously announced climate goals for its European operations, including “zero emissions for all vehicle sales and carbon neutrality across its European footprint of facilities, logistics and suppliers by 2035, and carbon neutrality worldwide no later than 2050.”

The new Ford E-Transit starts at $55,585 and, with the low cargo roof, has a Ford-estimated range of 126 miles.

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