Logistics giant DHL has welcomed a new set of zero-emission vehicles into its delivery fleet, today announcing plans to deploy 63 electric cargo vans acquired from electric mobility startup Workhorse. The deal is part of DHL's wider plan to clean up the first- and last-mile portions of its operations.
The model to catch the eye of DHL is Workhorse's NGen-1000, an electric delivery vehicle with a 100-mile (160-km) range, along with low floors and high ceilings for 1,008 cubic feet (28.54 cu m) of storage space.
In November of 2017, Workhorse revealed a version of the N-Gen van with the ability to launch a drone from its roof. This vehicle, like similar ones from Mercedes-Benz and UPS, are imagined as a way for drones to handle out-of-the-way drop offs while a driver continues making other deliveries on the road. These don't appear to feature in DHL's plans for its new trucks, however – at least for now.
It has acquired 63 of Workhorse's NGen-1000 trucks in total, with the first 30 set to enter service in the San Francisco Bay area.
"This year alone, nearly 30 percent of our new vehicles will be alternative fuel," says Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. "We're excited about the technologies that continue to emerge in this area and how they are benefiting the logistics industry."
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