Fully electric delivery fleet could transform express industry globally

Fully electric delivery fleet could transform express industry globally
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Published September 27th, 2010 - 15:57 GMT

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TNT Express, the leading express company, unveiled the industry's first pure electric vehicle fleet in China. The introduction of the electric delivery vehicles further bolsters the company's efforts in reducing carbon emissions in the express industry. Produced by Dongfeng Motor, one of China's leading automobile manufacturers, TNT's electric vehicle fleet – initially comprised of five vehicles – is designed, manufactured and assembled in China. After a successful three-month trial operation, the electric delivery fleet is now fully operational in Shanghai- China.

Commenting on the latest developments, Nael Attiyat, Sales and Marketing Director, of TNT SAB Saudi Arabia, said, "We believe that innovations such as these could eventually transform the express industry globally. While on the one hand the launch of this electric vehicle fleet complements TNT's goal of reducing its carbon footprint, on the other, we are setting an industry trend and a benchmark. TNT SAB Saudi Arabia is proud of the initiative taken by our counterparts in China, and we look forward to these electric vehicles becoming part of the company's fleet in other global markets, including Saudi Arabia."

Designed to meet the distinct operational requirements of the express industry, these zero-emissions vehicles are powered by lithium batteries and feature high-tech monitoring systems that record power consumption data during operation, allowing for continuous optimization for delivery routes.

"TNT is committed to sustainable development of our industry across the globe. I am very proud that TNT is taking actions to lead the introduction of zero-emissions delivery vehicles in China," said Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT Group. "The launch of this electric delivery vehicle fleet is a meaningful step towards our commitment of a sustainable future."

Attiyat of TNT SAB Saudi Arabia, added: "TNT is going all out to adopt the latest advancements in the world of express services, and the launch of the electric delivery vehicle fleet in China is confirmation of this approach."

TNT's electric delivery vehicles have received the E-MARK certification, which are classified as "pure electric" and "zero emission." The vehicles require only two-and-a-half hours to be fully charged – less than an hour for fast charge, short journey mode – and can travel more than 120 kilometers on a full charge.

TNT's global objective is to improve its CO2 efficiency by 45 per cent by 2020. As a company vision, it aims to contribute to a low carbon emissions express industry through daily operations. The electric delivery vehicles have received the E-MARK certification, which are classified as "pure electric" and "zero emission." The vehicles require only 2.5 hours to be fully charged – less than an hour for fast charge, short journey mode – and can travel more than 120 kilometers on a full charge. 

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