GLS is expanding its electric fleet with eight Mercedes-Benz eSprinters in Hamburg. Along with four e-bikes, these vehicles enable emission-free delivery in the city centre of Hamburg. In Düsseldorf, an electrically powered 7.5-tonne HGV was added to the electrical vehicle fleet.
GLS Germany expands electric vehicle fleet
With its program GLS KlimaProtect, which started in October 2019, GLS Germany has committed itself to CO2-neutral parcel shipping. All CO2 emissions caused by the parcel transport as well as the business activities are being compensated. In addition, measures such as alternative powered vehicles are being implemented to reduce and avoid emissions.
Eight eSprinters have been operating on the streets of Hamburg since 13 May 2020. At the depot, GLS has installed multiple fast charging stations, allowing charging times of two hours. The range of the batteries covers the daily delivery routes. What’s more, four cargo bikes serve as replacements for two conventional diesel vans in Hamburg city centre, with the e-bikes enabling CO2 savings of some eight tonnes a year. When the savings attributable to the eSprinters are added, annual CO2 emissions are lowered by a total of 33 tonnes.
Düsseldorf: GLS deploys electric HGV as a city shuttle
In 2019, GLS launched the project of emission-free delivery in the city centre of Düsseldorf with four alternative-drive vehicles. Two e-bikes and eight VW eCrafter vans are currently in operation in the city. The fleet is now being completed with a Mercedes-Benz FUSO eCanter – the first series-produced electric HGV. For GLS, it will be shuttling pre-sorted roller containers, holding up to 500 parcels a day, from the depot in Neuss to the city depot in the centre of Düsseldorf. It will also be used to collect parcels from customers. With a range of some 100 kilometres and a payload of 4.3 tonnes, the vehicle is perfectly suited to the requirements of GLS. Together, the GLS electric vehicles in Düsseldorf are saving some 30 tonnes of CO2 a year.
GLS is participating in the federal model project ZUKUNFT.DE. Through this project, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure promotes the use of eVans on the last mile and pushes the expansion of the charging infrastructure – with scientific support.