DHL to begin electric vehicle pilot project

World leading logistics company DHL has announced a new electric vehicle pilot project to be conducted in Finland later this year. Read more about this project here.

The logistics giant, DHL, recently announced a new pilot project which would introduce two electrified Mercedes Benz Sprinter delivery vans into its Finnish vehicle fleet.  The electrified vehicles are expected to be introduced to the company’s delivery fleet in Tampere towards the end of the year.   The pilot project reflects the company’s broader commitment to green, or eco-friendly, practices evident in a number of such initiatives recently undertaken by the company.  Such initiatives include the "E-mobility in commuter traffic" pilot project, which will test the viability of electric delivery vehicles in the Rhine-Ruhr area of Germany, as well as DHL’s worldwide GoGreen program, aimed at adding fuel-efficient vehicles to their fleet worldwide.  These efforts made by DHL, while relatively limited in their initial scope, are an important step in the effort to advance low-carbon living due to the emissions heavy nature of the logistics industry.  More information regarding, both, DHL’s efforts to advance eco-friendly means, as well as, the efforts currently being made by other logistics companies worldwide is available at the following sources:

An article regarding the announcement of the Finnish pilot project (in Finnish only)

http://www.kauppalehti.fi/5/i/talous/uutiset/etusivu/uutinen.jsp?oid=20110469803

Press releases and articles regarding DHL’s efforts elsewhere in the world:

Press release regarding the project in Germany (dhl.com)

http://www.dhl.com/en/press/releases/releases_2011/group/040711.html

Information regarding an eco-friendly project in New York (pdf from dhl.com)

http://www.dhl.com/content/dam/downloads/g0/press/press_events/fact_sheet_new_york_vehicles.pdf

An article on the strides being made by other logistics companies (article at reuters.com)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/04/06/idUK174461212220110406

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