DHL Express unveils first electric car to carry out Dubai deliveries

Logistics giant says all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf will initially operate in Dubai International Financial Centre and Downtown Dubai, followed by expansion to the wider UAE
By Sam Bridge
Fri 20 Jul 2018 10:11 AM

DHL Express has partnered with Dubai-based Al Naboodah Automobiles to introduce for the first time in the region the all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf for deliveries and collections.

This follows DHL’s announcement on the Cubicyle, a cargo bike with a specialized container for clean pick-up and delivery.

The introduction of sustainable solutions into the business are a leg up towards achieving DHL’s zero emissions target by 2050, the company said in a statement.

The fully customised electric Golf car will initially be used for documents’ delivery and collection specifically throughout areas with a reputation of high volume traffic, such as Dubai International Financial Centre and Downtown Dubai, followed by gradual expansion to remaining UAE regions in the near future.

It is also the only commercial vehicle in the UAE with a segregated cargo bay separated from the driver, DHL said, adding that it has the capacity to complete a 250km journey operating on just a single charge.

Geoff Walsh, UAE country manager for DHL Express, said: “The introduction of e-Golf is an important step towards implementing our vision to protect the environment, and inspire the entire logistics industry in reducing the impact of day-to-day operations. We are confident that this new and advanced method of delivery will contribute significantly to a more sustainable way of operating in the region.”

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Last Updated: Fri 20 Jul 2018 10:13 AM GST

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