DHL Adds Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Logistics company DHL announced that they will introduce a fleet of green vehicles to their commercial operations in Manhattan. Expected to be fully deployed by September of this year, the 80 vehicle strong team of delivery vehicles are split between 30 electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks.

The company claims the vehicles will reduce CO2 emissions by 50% compared to similar fleets, and will reportedly contribute to DHL’s goal of improving carbon efficiency 30% by 2020 according to 2007 levels.

image via DHL

The two types of green vehicles of DHL’s green fleet are both manufactured by Azure Dynamics, who will convert existing Ford E450s into hybrids by replacing the powertrain components, improving fuel economy by an estimated 40%, and reducing emissions by a predicted 30%. Azure Dynamics will also integrate Ford Transit Connect vans, which have an 80 miles range on a full charge.

DHL claims to be the first delivery company to offer carbon-neutral shipping, something we covered rival firm UPS doing in 2009. We also covered a similar, albiet smaller plan from Azure Dynamics, using Ford electric vans, that is being rolled-out in Norway.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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