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Deutsche Post DHL and Renault aim to intensify their collaboration on the use of electric vehicles

14 March 2014

Deutsche Post DHL has signed a letter of intent for a possible future global framework agreement with car manufacturer Renault. The intended global agreement shall contain the options for a future purchase of Renault Kangoo Z.E. The Kangoo Z.E. is an electrified vehicle that is used to transport DHL Express shipments at the moment in France as well as in Aruba, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. Overall, DHL currently uses 304 electric vehicles including Kangoo Z.E., Renault ZOE as well as the Renault Twizy.

Deutsche Post DHL has set itself a CO2-efficiency target that aims to improve its companywide CO2-efficiency by 30% by 2020 on the basis of 2007. In addition to its fleet, the company invests in its network optimization, operations, and a sustainable use of energy in its buildings and business operations.

As part of its global efforts, Deutsche Post DHL works with all major car manufacturers worldwide. Vehicles cover all kinds of technologies, starting from bio gas to electrification, and cover the full range of commercial transport vehicle levels. In order to test new technologies, the company partners with various automotive manufacturers and is part of several industry working groups such as Green Freight Europe or aireg. The most recent project takes place in Bonn/Germany, where the whole parcel delivery in the city and the surrounding areas will be changed to electric vehicles. By 2016 over 140 electric vehicles will be in use, including several Renault Kangoo Z.E.

Deutsche Post DHL has extended its fleet of alternative vehicles by over 4,000 cars throughout the past year, increasing the number to 10,500 today. The investment into new technologies and fuel concepts is part of the Group's climate protection program GoGreen. Worldwide DHL currently operates over 300 electric vehicles, more than 300 hybrids and almost 2,500 on bio fuel, gas, ethanol or dual fuel. In addition, the company makes use of aerodynamic modifications in order to reduce CO2-emissions significantly.

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Worthwhile objectives and achievements towards the use of electric vehicles by DHL in Germany.

Why are we so far behind?

As long as you know the daily range requirements, you should be able to use electric for the ones below the van's capability.
Any predictable delivery van is a great application for an electric vehicle, + as much of it will be done in cities, you should be reducing pollution in the densest regions.

What could possibly go wrong ?

I've often wondered what GM/GM-ish corruption kept out mass postal electric vehicles.

Especially in flat, densely populated areas - even decades ago lead-acid battery power, like factory forklifts and 60 year old golf carts, could economically, silently, cleanly deliver short, identical, end-at-PO-charger-overnight routes.

Do you know that Neanderthal species managed to survive 300,000 years ice age in Europe? He migrated from Africa, arriving in Europe with spear and stone axt. 300,000 years after his arrival, he left the scene with spear and stone axt. What a cultural advancement in such a time period! His departure coincided with the arrival of Cro-Magnon (homo sapiens)our present legacy.
In every modern European and all their descendants spread across the planet, there is still a small portion of DNA that has been proven to be Neanderthal's hereditary contribution. It could possibly be a heriditary Neanderthal trait that lets some of us behave
stubbornly resistant to any technological or cultural progress.

The Artemis hydraulic hybrid technology would reduce the fuel consumption of delivery vehicles to less than one half of the present value when combined with the Innas NOAX free piston engine. Robert Bosch owns the Artemis technology for road vehicles now and may be introducing vehicles soon. MHI owns the Artemis company now and is building windmills with it. This technology reduces fuel consumption and CO2 release at lower costs than any technology including bio-fuels. Fuel cells can never be as cost effective in roadway vehicles as modern hydraulic hybrid technology. FZSONICK and GE have ZEBRA batteries in mass production where ever delivery vehicles might need them. When the Cell Phone tower market is saturated with the GE DURATHON batteries, the price may become low enough for vehicles as predicted by Beta UK over ten years ago. After a few cells fail in such batteries, the remaining cells can be recycled for use in stationary power uses fow another ten or more years of use. The CSIRO hybrid supercap lead batteries are also useful for vehicles and are being made in mass production. A tiny range extender can be placed in any of many places in delivery vehicles for emergency power of a kW or so to slowly return to a charger. One hour of running Such a machine gives about five miles of range; three kW might operate such a vehicle at full delivery speed all day; Bladon jets has made tiny prototype turbines also for range extenders. ..HG..

Due out in 2016,Peugeot Citroen has teamed up with Bosch to create a hybrid car that uses hydraulics to capture and transfer energy. ..HG..

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