DHL orders 12 all-electric cargo planes from Eviation
DHL Express an international courier, package delivery and express mail service and Eviation a global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft has announced that DHL is the first to order 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation. The DHL aims to set up an electric Express network. The Eviation’s Alice is a fully electric aircraft that operates a zero-emission fleet both cargo and passenger. Eviation expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024. Read further to know more about DHL orders first all-electric cargo planes.
DHL orders first all-electric cargo planes
John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express says “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. Founded in 1969, DHL Express has been known as a pioneer in the aviation industry for decades. We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation.”
Specifications Of Electric Airplane ‘Alice’
Alice will provide a speed of 220 knots (253 miles per hour) up to 650 miles on a single charge with the lithium-ion battery pack of about 900-kilowatt-hour. With a maximum takeoff weight of 14,000 pounds. It uses the 260 kW electric motors powered one at the main pusher propeller at the tail and the second pusher propellers at the wingtips.
It will require 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour. Alice will operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft. “From day one, we set an audacious goal to transform the aviation industry and create a new era with electric aircraft,” said Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay.
DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks have partnered to provide and speed up eco-friendly transitions for longer distances. Usually, electric trucks are being used for shorter distances such as cities and urban areas but now DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks have taken an initiative a project focusing on longer distance heavy transports. Both companies are working closely to reduce the carbon footprints of the environment.
The initiative includes the first pilot tests of a fully electric Volvo FH truck which weighs 60 tons. From March onwards the truck will start its operations between the two terminals in Sweden for a distance of 150 km. These tests and trials will help the companies to get experience about the setup and operations of enough charging infrastructure and to check load weight, distance, etc.
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