DHL Express has announced its order for the very first 12 Eviation e-Cargo Alice aircraft with deliveries anticipated to commence in 2024. Seattle-area based Eviation is a manufacturer of all-electric aircraft and its Alice model is due to commence test flights later in the year. Alice can be adapted to meet the needs of cargo operators and passenger carriers who are looking to operate a zero-emissions fleet. The electric aircraft can be flown by a single pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lbs). It will require only 30 minutes to charge per flight hour and will have a maximum range of up to 815 kilometers (440 nautical miles).
Alice will be able to operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft, while its advanced electric motors will have fewer moving parts which should increase reliability as well as reduce maintenance costs. The aircraft will be well-suited for feeder routes and will require less investment in station infrastructure. The Alice can be charged while loading and unloading operations occur, ensuring quick turnaround times that will help maintain DHL Express’ tight schedules.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “Therefore, our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint. On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions. Founded in 1969, DHL Express has been known as a pioneer in the aviation industry for decades. We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation.”