GLS Germany strengthens e-mobility in city logistics

They are driving in Berlin, Dortmund, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Leipzig, Nuremberg, among other places and – since July 2020 – Karlsruhe: electric vehicles are on the road for GLS Germany in more and more cities. In Karlsruhe, GLS expanded its fleet by six VW e-Crafters. They enable emission-free delivery in the entire inner city area.

In many places, where diesel vehicles used to transport GLS parcels in the past, they now arrive by e-bike, e-van or e-scooter. This is a valuable contribution to the quality of life in the cities and to Germany’s environmental goals. In Karlsruhe alone, the new VW e-Crafter produces about 30 tons less CO2 per year. And GLS is planning to use additional e-vehicles here to convert more tours from diesel to an alternative drive system.


VW's new e-Crafters can hold around 160 parcels and have a range of around 100 kilometres. In Karlsruhe this is no problem because of the nearby GLS depot. The necessary charging infrastructure for "refuelling" overnight was specially installed. Thus, the municipal goal "Green City Karlsruhe" and GLS’ measures for environmental protection go well together here. Within the framework of GLS KlimaProtect, the company strives to reduce, avoid and offset emissions.

The procurement of the VW e-Crafters took place within the context of the model project ZUKUNFT.DE. The research project with the aim of electrifying last mile parcel delivery is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur, BMVI). GLS Germany has been one of the industry and science project partners since 2018.

Charging station at the GLS depot
Charging station at the GLS depot
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