The DHL group has an ambitious project to decarbonise its activities. The Group is investing 7 billion euros by 2030 in measures to reduce its CO2 emissions. This money will go mainly to electrification of the delivery fleet, sustainable aviation fuels and climate-neutral buildings. As part of the decarbonization project, DHL Express announced that it has placed an order for the purchase of 12 fully electric Alice eCargo aircraft from Eviation.
Thanks to this new initiative, the company & agrave; aims to take an important step towards making air transport more sustainable. Eviation let it be known that will deliver; aircraft starting in 2024 . The Alice eCargo electric plane, basically the freight version of the Alice model, can carry a load of 1,200 kg. Autonomy reaches up to 815 km , the speed & agrave; cruise of Alice & egrave; slightly more; of 400 km/h. The aircraft has two 634 kW engines powered by an 820 kWh battery pack.
The electric plane will operate in all environments currently served by traditional aircraft. Electric motors have been designed to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs. In any case, software constantly monitors flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency. Travis Cobb , EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation of DHL Express, has thus; commented on this news:
My congratulations to Eviation for the development of the innovative all-electric Alice plane. This is; a fantastic sustainable solution for our transportation network. Our aspiration is; to make a substantial contribution to reducing our carbon footprint and these advances in fleet and technology will go a long way towards achieving further reductions. For us and for our customers, this is; a very important step in our decarbonization journey and a step forward for the aviation industry as a whole.
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