Logistics provider DHL Express adds electric cargo planes to its fleet, becoming the first customer of Aviation, a Seattle-based electric aviation company.
Why is this important: As on-demand delivery explodes, shipping and logistics providers like DHL are under pressure to make every mode of their operations more sustainable – planes, trucks, last mile delivery vans and even their buildings.
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Driving the news: DHL announced today that it has ordered 12 fully electric Alice cargo planes from Eviation and expects to take delivery in 2024.
Details: Alice, which can be configured for freight or passengers, takes 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and has a maximum range of around 500 miles.
It can be flown by a single pilot and carry up to 2,600 pounds, and can operate in environments where piston and turbine airplanes are currently used.
As with electric automobiles, fewer moving parts mean lower maintenance costs and increased reliability, according to Eviation.
Its operating software continuously monitors flight performance to ensure optimum efficiency. A first flight is scheduled for later this year.
What they say : “From day one, we set ourselves the bold goal of transforming the aviation industry and creating a new era with electric aircraft, ”said Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay.
What to watch: DHL plans to build several zero-emission Alice power grids in the United States, targeting the west coast and southeastern United States
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