Ford Pro, Deutsche Post DHL Group to electrify global last-mile delivery
Bonn,Cologne — Ford Pro and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to speed up the deployment of electrified vans used for logistics operations worldwide.
Ford Pro will equip Deutsche Post DHL Group with over 2,000 electric delivery vans worldwide by the end of 2023. The agreement covers a full suite of solutions to operate the electric fleet including access to Ford Pro’s connected E-Telematics software and charging solutions to reduce costs and optimize efficiency.
“Ford Pro and Deutsche Post DHL Group share the vision of greater sustainability and a commitment to electrified solutions, and this agreement is a major step towards millions of deliveries being completed by electrified vehicles around the world. E-Transit is the top-selling commercial EV in North America and since June is also the best-seller in its segment in Europe, meaning the all-electric 2-tonne van is already making big strides to support this ambition,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe.
Ford Pro has handed over its first E-Transits under the agreement, joining Deutsche Post DHL Group’s electric fleet used for last-mile deliveries in several countries. The order volume concentrates on the E-Transit panel vans designed for handling express shipments in the Americas and Europe. The vehicles join the Deutsche Post DHL Group fleet at the busiest time of year making more sustainable deliveries possible to customers during peak season.
“Electrification of last mile logistics is a major pillar to decarbonize our operations,” said Anna Spinelli, chief procurement officer and head of mobility, Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Adding the new Ford E-Transit to our global fleet of around 27,000 electric vans further strengthens our capability of providing green delivery services worldwide. Joining forces to address our logistics specific requirements will drive operational and service efficiency further.”
The MoU could allow both companies to explore the co-development of products as well as new digital and charging solutions. Ford Pro will also deliver Deutsche Post DHL Group access to test vehicles and monitoring services.