DHL Express Orders First-Ever All-Electric Cargo Planes from Eviation

In a step towards sustainable aviation, DHL Express has scripted history after ordering 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation, the Seattle-area based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft.

August 04, 2021. By Manu Tayal

In a step towards sustainable aviation, DHL Express has scripted history after ordering 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation, the Seattle-area based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft.

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 has been a fully electric aircraft which enabled airlines, both cargo and passenger, to operate a zero-emission fleet.

The Alice electric aircraft is expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.

Commenting on the move, 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. 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.”

This electric aircraft 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). 

“From day one, we set an audacious goal to transform the aviation industry and create a new era with electric aircraft,” said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation.

He further said “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.”

The company said that the aircraft is ideal for feeder routes and requires less investment in station infrastructure, and can be charged while loading and unloading operations occur, ensuring quick turnaround times that maintain DHL Express’ tight schedules.

Meanwhile, Eviation’s Alice all-electric aircraft has been on track for its first flight later this year.

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