By: Nalin Jayetileke
DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider, and Eviation, the Seattle-area based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, wrote aviation history yesterday by announcing that DHL is the first to order 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation. With this DHL will make make a pioneering step into a sustainable aviation future. Eviation’s Alice is the world’s leading fully electric aircraft, which enables airlines – both cargo and passenger – to operate a zero fuel -emission fleet. DHL is expected to get geh said Air Crafy by the year 2024, a report by DHL said.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “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.”
The Aircraft Alice, can be flown by a single pilot and is aid to be capable of carrying a payload of 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). Alice will operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft. Alice’s advanced electric motors have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs. Its is also reported that the operating software constantly monitors flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency.
The aircraft is will need less developed infrastructure and the Aircraft can be charged whist loading and unloading of Cargo takes place, there y enabling a quicker turnaround time which will enhance the enhance the global Logistics efficiency, by supplying the Right Item, Right, Quantity , Right quality, Right quantity, Right place and at the Right time .
Information courtesy: dhl.com