International express services provider DHL Express announced the launch of 100 pickup and delivery vans fueled by 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 reflect Deutsche Post DHL’s GoGreen program and its target to improve the company’s worldwide carbon efficiency 30% by 2020, using 2007 levels as a baseline. Through the use of Propane autogas, each alternative fuel vehicle is reported to save over 22,587 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.Propane autogas is a low carbon fuel that reduces greenhouse gases by up to 25%, carbon monoxide by up to 60%, nitrogen oxide by 20% and virtually eliminates particulate matter when compared to conventional fuels, DHL states.
DHL Express plans to use existing public refueling infrastructure in addition to adding refueling capability at its service center facilities.