DHL orders 12 Eviation planes and plans the first electricity network
BERLIN, Aug. 3 (Reuters) – DHL Express has ordered 12 electric cargo planes from start-up Eviation for delivery in 2024 and plans to build the world’s first electric air freight network, the unit of German logistics group Deutsche Post (DPWGn.DE) says Tuesday.
DHL Express said in a statement that it was the first company in the world to order “Alice” planes from Eviation, adding that it planned to establish the first electric air cargo network as a step towards sustainable aviation.
“We strongly believe in the zero-emission future of logistics,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “Together, we are venturing into a new decade of sustainable aviation.”
DHL said Aviation is planning a maiden flight later this year and plans to deliver the cargo plane to DHL in 2024.
He said “Alice” can be flown by a single pilot and carry over 1,200 kg (2,600 pounds) of cargo. The charge time per hour of flight is approximately 30 minutes and the maximum range is 815 km (440 nautical miles).
Eviation, owned by the Singaporean group Clermont, is one of several companies seeking to develop small electric airplanes that would lead to lower energy and operating costs, emit fewer emissions and be quieter than conventionally fueled airplanes. .
Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Maria Sheahan
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