PLANTATION, FL – DHL Express, an international express services provider, announced the launch of 100 pickup and delivery vans fueled by clean, safe, and economical propane autogas. The new Ford E-250 cargo vans, each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel system, will be on the road by late August 2012 and will support DHL Express pickup and delivery service within California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas.
“Customers in the U.S. and worldwide are increasingly demanding greener logistics and sustainable business procedures,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “Initiatives like our all ‘green’ fleet in Manhattan and this propane autogas fleet not only lower our DHL carbon footprint, but are a smart, clean and cost-effective choice for our business.”
The new alternative-fuel vehicles join other propane vehicles already operating for DHL Express in Ohio, Tennessee, and Louisiana. They all complement Deutsche Post DHL’s GoGreen program and its target to improve the company’s worldwide carbon efficiency 30 percent by 2020, using 2007 levels as a baseline. Through the use of propane autogas, each alternative-fuel vehicle saves more than 22,587 lbs. of CO2 emissions each year.
DHL Express plans to use existing public refueling infrastructure in addition to adding refueling capability at its service center facilities.
“At ROUSH CleanTech, we are committed to new technologies that help businesses meet economic and sustainability goals using safe and domestically produced energy sources,” said Joe Thompson, president of ROUSH CleanTech. “DHL is internationally known for its green initiatives, and we’re thrilled to partner with them to deliver an alternative fuel solution that lowers operating costs and emissions without compromising vehicle performance.” ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford vehicles offer the same factory performance characteristics, warranty coverage, and serviceability as gasoline-fueled vehicles without loss of horsepower, torque, or towing, according to the company.
The DHL fleet worldwide including its corporate brands under Deutsche Post DHL consists of more than 4,000 non-conventional vehicles either powered by alternative fuels or modified for improved fuel-efficiency – including an all “Green” fleet in Manhattan with 50 hybrid vans and 30 American-made, battery-powered electric trucks.
DHL Express continues to look at innovative ways to reduce its resource use and carbon footprint, while responding to the needs of customers who are looking for environmentally responsible shipping options. For example, DHL offers a GOGREEN carbon-neutral international shipping option for customers in more than 50 countries including the U.S.