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DHL announces order of first-ever all-electric cargo planes

DHL announces order of first-ever all electric cargo planes from global manufacturer Eviation.

  • 04 August 2021
  • Rachel Cooper

DHL announces order of first-ever all electric cargo planes from global manufacturer Eviation.

DHL Express and Eviation, the Seattle-area based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, have announced that DHL is the first to order 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation.

With this engagement DHL aims to set up an unparalleled electric Express network and make a pioneering step into a sustainable aviation future. Eviation’s Alice is the world’s leading fully electric aircraft, which enables airlines – both cargo and passenger – to operate a zero-emission fleet. Eviation expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024.

John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, said: “We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics. Therefore, our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint. On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions."

Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lbs). It will require 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and have a maximum range of up to 815 kilometers (440 nautical miles).

Alice will operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft. Alice’s advanced electric motors have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs. Its operating software constantly monitors flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency.

Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay, said: “From day one, we set an audacious goal to transform the aviation industry and create a new era with electric aircraft. Partnering with companies like DHL who are the leaders in sustainable e-cargo transportation is a testament that the electric era is upon us. This announcement is a significant milestone on our quest to transform the future of flight across the globe.”

Photograph: DHL