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 kilometers as the
series traveled to eight countries on five continents. The cargo for the
North American races traveled 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 honor 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 minimizing 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
meter 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
DHL also teamed up with Formula E to create the “eChampions Award” to
recognize 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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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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