DHL Express says it is working with ROUSH CleanTech to deploy 100 cargo vans fueled by propane autogas. The new Ford E-250s are expected to be in service by late August in California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas.
DHL will use existing public refueling infrastructure, as well as add refueling capability at its service center facilities. Parent company Deutsche Post DHL uses propane vehicles as a part of its GOGREEN program, which is targeting to improve the company's worldwide carbon footprint 30% by 2020. DHL Express already has autogas-powered units online in Ohio, Tennessee and Louisiana.
‘DHL is internationally known for its green initiatives, and we're thrilled to partner with them to deliver an alternative fuel solution that lowers operating costs and emissions without compromising vehicle performance,’ says Joe Thompson, president of ROUSH CleanTech.
Deutsche Post DHL's global fleet includes more than 4,000 non-conventional vehicles that are either powered by alternative fuels or modified for improved fuel-efficiency. This includes an all-green Manhattan, N.Y.-based fleet that consists of 50 hybrid vans and 30 battery-powered electric trucks.