Electric vehicles

DHL Singapore Adds 80 Electric Vehicles to Fleet

DHL Express Singapore is on track to meet its net-zero target by 2050 after adding 80 electric vehicles to its fleet and pledging to invest $5.7 million into electrifying its vehicles.
Together with the 10 EVs currently in its fleet, DHL Express Singapore will have a total of 90 EVs on Singapore’s roads by October 2022. Kiripost/via DHL
Together with the 10 EVs currently in its fleet, DHL Express Singapore will have a total of 90 EVs on Singapore’s roads by October 2022. Kiripost/via DHL

Leading international service provider, DHL Express, has added 80 electric vehicles (EVs) to its Singapore fleet, making it the first logistics provider in the country to transition to a commercial EV fleet of this scale.

On Tuesday, DHL Express Singapore also announced it will invest close to $5.7 million into electrifying its fleet during the next five years.

Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific, said the move forms part of the company’s journey to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with a focus on clean operations.

“As a leader in express logistics, we have a responsibility to guide and influence the industry to reduce carbon footprint across logistics operations,” said Lee. “Today’s electric vehicle fleet expansion marks another huge step forward as we green our land transport.”

Together with the 10 EVs that are currently in its fleet, DHL Express Singapore will have a total of 90 EVs on Singapore’s roads by October 2022. This marks an eight-fold increase in the number of operational EVs for DHL Express Singapore.

Christopher Ong, Managing Director of DHL Express Singapore, said the company is set to eliminate a total of 323 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

The EVs can travel up to 339km and have cargo space of up to 5.3m³ with a payload of 1,000kg, DHL said.

They can charge from 0% to 80% in 48 minutes and are equipped with driver assistance features such as hill-start assist, an anti-lock braking system, and an electronic stability program. These driver features will also enhance the safety and driving experience for the couriers on the road.

The DHL announcement comes as Cambodia is building its EV charging infrastructure as part of the government’s roadmap towards zero carbon emissions.

Cambodia launched its first fast charging station for EVs in March with a drive to introduce 40 percent of electric vehicles and 70 percent of electric motorcycles on the country’s roads by 2050.

The number of registered EVs in Cambodia was only two in 2020, increasing to 62 vehicles in 2021. For the first three months of 2022, there were 47 electric vehicles on the country’s roads, according to officials.