TNT, one of the world’s largest express and mail delivery services companies, and Dong Feng Motor Co. have begun a trial of battery-electric delivery vans in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, China.
The trial involves two light electric vans designed, manufactured and assembled in Wuhan by Dong Feng Motor, and is TNT’s first zero-emissions test outside of Europe.
The vans have a top speed of 80 kph (50 mph), a range of 160-200 km (100-124 miles) and can carry a one tonne load according to TNT’s CEO Peter Bakker.
TNT already runs several electric vehicles in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Benelux. TNT’s express division successfully tested a 7.5 tonne zero-emission electric truck in London for a year and is considering adding fifty more to its UK fleet. In Rotterdam, TNT is piloting two zero emission trucks in the city’s most congested areas.
TNT is also testing vehicles running on sustainable biofuels, bio-gas, or hydrogen in various countries, such as India, the Netherlands, and Germany.
(A hat-tip to John!)