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LOGISTICS provider DHL Express and a US-based manufacturer of electric aircraft Eviation, have together written aviation history by announcing the first order for 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes.

Part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, DHL Express aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050 and will incorporate Eviation’s Alice into its electric Express network.

Based in Washington State, Eviation is developing and manufacturing efficient electric aircraft with electric propulsion units, high-energy-density batteries, fly-by-wire flight deck, and innovative airframe. The company expects to deliver the Alice electric aircraft to DHL Express in 2024.

John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express said, “We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics.

“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.”

Alice can be flown by a single pilot and will carry 1200 kilograms. It will require 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and have a maximum range of up to 815 kilometers (440 nautical miles).

Alice will operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft. Its advanced electric motors have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs. Its operating software constantly monitors flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency.

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Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay said, “From day one, we set an audacious goal to transform the aviation industry and create a new era with electric aircraft.

“Partnering with companies like DHL who are the leaders in sustainable e-cargo transportation is a testament that the electric era is upon us.”

The aircraft is ideal for feeder routes and requires less investment in station infrastructure. The Alice can be charged while loading and unloading operations occur, ensuring quick turnaround times that maintain DHL Express’ tight schedules.

Eviation executive chairman Roei Ganzarski said, “The next time you order an on-demand package, check if it was delivered with a zero-emission aircraft like DHL will be doing.

“With on-demand shopping and deliveries on a constant rise, Alice is enabling DHL to establish a clean, quiet and low-cost operation that will open up greater opportunities for more communities.”

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