DHL Delivers All-Electric Formula E Racing Cars to New York City for First Zero-Emission ePrix in the History of the Championship

  • Sustainability goals for both organizations are aligned as DHL
    commits to zero emissions logistics by 2050
  • Commitment to innovation is showcased at inaugural ePrix at the
    Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#deliveryservice–DHL, the world’s leading logistics company and the Logistics Partner of
Formula E, successfully delivered all 40 fully-electric racing cars
taking part in the Championship, along with lithium-ion batteries,
charging stations, garage equipment and track infrastructure for the 10
teams that will compete in the Qualcomm New York City ePrix races in
Brooklyn on July 15 and 16. The event in New York marks the second to
last stop of the 2016/17 season which concludes in Montreal, Canada, in
late July.

As a frontrunner in developing and providing sustainable logistics
solutions, DHL recognizes the global fully-electric single-seater racing
series as an excellent platform to help drive the continued development
of e-mobility. The two organizations emphasize the importance and
benefits of building innovative and sustainable mobility solutions while
also minimizing the Championship’s carbon footprint with a specially
tailored multi-modal approach, reducing air transport and leveraging
rail, road and ocean based on calendar requirements.

“With the FIA Formula E Championship, DHL, a pioneer in green logistics,
is working alongside a pacesetter in clean auto racing with a vision to
advance automotive technology at large. Handling the logistics for this
championship presents a great opportunity to showcase how the transport
of all the equipment needed to stage this great event can be done while
minimizing the carbon footprint of the entire operation,” said Ken
Allen, CEO, DHL Express. “Furthermore, Formula E provides a platform to
engage with young urban audiences on sustainability which is the core of
our marketing partnership with Formula E.”

Throughout the third season, DHL is transporting more than 450 tons of
equipment, covering more than 50,000 kilometers as the Championship
travels to nine countries on five continents. The cargo for the Qualcomm
New York City ePrix traveled to the U.S. from Europe via ocean freight
which produces 100 times less CO2 emissions than transporting the same
cargo via air. DHL has also used road and rail transport modes when
possible throughout this and previous seasons.

Away from the track, DHL is setting the pace as a developer of
innovative logistics solutions and as an environmental protection
leader. Earlier this year, DHL became the first transport company to
announce that it will reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero
by the year 2050. With the hope of contributing meaningfully to limiting
global warming, DHL aims to work at the local level by increasing use of
clean transport solutions. By 2025, the company will operate 70% of its
own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery
solutions such as bike and electric vehicles. DHL has significantly
ramped up the production of its StreetScooter, an electric delivery van
originally designed for its Deutsche Post operations in Germany. Some
20,000 units should be produced this year for use by the German mail and
parcel unit as well as for sale to third parties. DHL has also teamed up
with Ford-Werke GmbH to manufacture a larger delivery vehicle based on
the Ford Transit chassis.

DHL was the first company in the transportation industry to set a target
to improve its carbon efficiency by 30% by the year 2020 from its
benchmark 2007 level. DHL achieved this goal in 2016, three years ahead
of its original target date in part because of the steps the company has
taken in its daily operations to reduce its overall carbon emissions.
For instance, the four DHL units operating in the U.S. are 100% green
power users and the company has ranked among the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s 100 largest green power users since 2013. DHL
Express operates an entirely green fleet in Manhattan with 49 fully
electric vans and 47 hybrid units. DHL Supply Chain unit has more than
10 U.S. sites which have achieved zero waste to landfill operations and
it has piloted the use of the first plug-in electric terminal truck in
transport operations for a customer in the beverage industry.

“As a global company, we have a crucial responsibility to protect the
environment and we need to set an example. In the Express division, we
are constantly improving how we utilize capacity, optimizing our flight
routes and upgrading our aircraft to reduce fuel consumption as well as
applying sustainable business practices and innovative solutions to all
aspects of our operations,” Allen added.

One of the company’s innovative uses of technologies is the EffiBOT, a
new, fully-automated collaborative robot that follows pickers through
warehouses and takes care of most of the physical work. DHL’s EffiBOT
has accompanied the staff, and fans alike, around every Formula E race
this season, helping deliver necessary parts and materials to the racing
teams and the Formula E staff as they get race-ready trackside. DHL also
recently invested in four new collaborative robots to support production
and warehouse staff by automating repetitive tasks.

To further illustrate the importance of innovative technology, DHL
showed innovations which are piloted in operations such as the DHL
parcelcopter using mixed reality technology during a press event at the
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal today – the venue for the inaugural Formula E
race in New York. Augmented and mixed reality technology provides new
perspectives in logistics planning, process execution and transportation
and is currently being piloted in DHL operations. DHL “pickers” are
equipped with advanced smart glasses that visually display where each
picked item needs to be placed on the trolley. It enables hands-free
order picking at a faster pace, along with reduced error rates. This
technology has allowed a 25% increase in the performance of warehouse
operations in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Fans will have the opportunity to trial the mixed reality experience at
DHL’s booth in the Allianz eVillage on July 15 & 16.

DHL also teamed up with Formula E to create the “eChampions Award” to
recognize the unsung heroes that work dedicatedly behind the scenes to
help make the all-electric racing series the fastest-growing form of
motorsport in the world.

Formula E and DHL invited all the teams to nominate those individuals or
departments who drive excellence, innovation and pioneering spirit.
These inspiring stories are being presented in a series of short films
that take a closer look at how they are pushing the boundaries of

With this, DHL consolidates its position as a leading logistics company
in innovation and sustainable mobility, and ratifying its commitment to
continue shaping trends in the industry and showcasing the positive
impact that technology and sustainability will have in the future.

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About the FIA Formula E Championship:

The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric
single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the
backdrop of some of the most iconic cities – including Hong Kong,
Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, Berlin, New York and Montreal.
The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor
industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in
electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future
seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers
to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which in
turn will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles.

The 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship sees 10 teams and 20 drivers go
wheel-to-wheel in nine cities spanning five continents in the fight to
be crowned Formula E champion. The inaugural season of Formula E sparked
into life in September 2014 around the grounds of the Olympic Park in
Beijing. The third season of the electric street racing series started
on October 9 in Hong Kong, with the season finale double-header taking
place in Montreal on July 29 & 30.

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