DHL Delivers 40 All-Electric Formula E Racing Cars to Montreal for the Championship Season Finale | Business Wire

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DHL, the world’s leading logistics company and the Official Logistics

Partner of Formula E, successfully delivered all 40 fully-electric

racing cars taking part in the two-race Championship finale along the

banks of St. Lawrence River today and tomorrow. Along with the cars, DHL

also delivered lithium-ion batteries, charging stations, garage

equipment and track infrastructure for the 10 teams that'll compete

for the title.

With the season finale, DHL also concludes its third season of

delivering sustainable logistics solutions for the only fully single

seater racing series around the globe. Since last October when the

Championship’s tour kicked off in Hong Kong, DHL has transported more

than 450 tons of equipment, covering more than 50,000 kilometres as the

series travelled to eight countries on five continents. The cargo for the

North American races travelled from Europe to New York City via ocean

freight, which produces 100 times less CO2 emissions than transporting

the same cargo via air. For the trip to Montreal from New York City, DHL

transported the cars and all the equipment via road.

“For DHL, it’s an honour to help bring the Formula E all-electric racing

series to Canada for the first time,” said Andrew Williams, CEO, DHL

Express Canada. “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 minimising the carbon footprint of the entire


Away from the track, DHL is establishing itself as an environmental

protection leader and the Formula E Championship provides an interactive

platform to help promote the importance of sustainability. Earlier this

year, DHL became the first transport company to announce its goal of

eliminating all logistics-related emissions by 2050 with the hope of

contributing meaningfully to limiting global warming. To achieve this,

DHL will complete a series of milestones that'll gradually contribute

to the final goal. 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

are scheduled for production this year for use by the German mail and

parcel unit as well as for sale to third parties.

DHL also 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, DHL Express in Canada uses more fuel-efficient vehicles.

DHL operates an entirely green fleet in New York City with 49

fully-electric vans and 47 hybrid units in New York City and two weeks

ago it introduced its Cubicycle, an innovative electrically-assisted

delivery bike that can carry a container with a load of up to one cubic

metre in volume, making carbon-free deliveries.

With an emphasis on sustainable logistics, DHL believes in the

importance of innovative technology to accelerate the path to greener

solutions. During a press event on Thursday, July 27 at the W Montreal,

and using mixed reality technology, DHL showcased innovations being

piloted in its operations, such as the DHL Parcelcopter, which makes

deliveries in remote and dangerous places. Sawyer, one of its four

new collaborative robots to support production and warehouse staff by

automating repetitive tasks.

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.

The press event included a behind-the-scenes track tour, where DHL also

showcased 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. 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 teamed up with Formula E to create the “eChampions Award” to

recognise 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're pushing the boundaries of


With this, DHL consolidates its position as a leading logistics company

in innovation and sustainable mobility. 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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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our

DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics

services ranging from national and international parcel delivery,

e-commerce shipping and fulfilment solutions, international express,

road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management.

With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories

worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably,

enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth

markets and industries including technology, life sciences and

healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to

corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing

markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the


DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of

more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

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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