With the news, DHL aims to be an unparalleled electric express network, making a significant step into a sustainable aviation future. Eviation expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024.
'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,' said DHL Worldwide Express CEO John Pearson.
'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,' said Mr Pearson.
Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1,200 kilogrammes. It requires 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and has a maximum range of 815 kilometres.
Alice's advanced electric motors have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs, while its operating software monitors flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency.
Said Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay: 'From day one, we set an audacious goal to transform the aviation industry and create a new era with electric aircraft. 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 aircraft is ideal for feeder routes and requires less investment in station infrastructure. The Alice can be charged while loading and unloading operations occur, ensuring quick turnaround times that maintain DHL Express' tight schedules.