Logistics and shipping giant Deutsche Post DHL Group and automotive giant Ford’s new commercial customer productivity-focused business For Pro announced today a new collaboration for the use of electric vans for last mile delivery worldwide, including the delivery of more than 2,000 electric delivery vans worldwide by the end of 2023.

An agreement signed by the companies covers a full suite of solutions to operate the electric fleet including access to Ford Pro’s connected E-Telematics software and charging solutions.

Hans Schep, General Manager at Ford Pro Europe, said:

“Ford Pro and Deutsche Post DHL Group share the vision of greater sustainability and a commitment to electrified solutions, and this agreement is a major step towards millions of deliveries being completed by electrified vehicles around the world.”

The companies said that the agreement will also permit potential access to innovative products, the exploration of Ford Pro digital and charging solutions, and a co-development of future products for Deutsche Post DHL Group-specific operations.

The agreement follows the launch last year by DHL of its Sustainability Roadmap, which included plans to invest €7 billion over ten years in measures to reduce its CO2 emissions, with a focus on the expansion of the zero-emission e-vehicle fleet, alternative aviation fuels, and climate-neutral buildings.

Anna Spinelli, Chief Procurement Officer & Head of Mobility, Deutsche Post DHL Group, said:  

“Electrification of last mile logistics is a major pillar to decarbonize our operations. Adding the new Ford E-Transit to our global fleet of around 27,000 electric vans further strengthens our capability of providing green delivery services worldwide. Joining forces to address our logistics specific requirements will drive operational and service efficiency further.”

The companies said that the first E-Transits have already been provided to DHL, joining the fleet at a peak time of year for deliveries.

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