1,000 parcel delivery vehicles gone electric via Projekt Zukunft.de

"Zukunft.de" project by Hamburg, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse ends - e-transporters for "last mile"
13 December 2021

Around 1,000 vehicles all over Germany have gone electric as part of the "Zukunft.de" project managed by the states of Hamburg, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. The German Ministry for Transport had put EUR 20 million towards electric deliveries of parcels on the so-called last mile to make the services customer-friendly, sustainable, flexible, transparent and with zero emissions. Hermes, UPS, DPD and GLS had taken part and covered more than 12 million kilometres in 70 million places, delivered 17.6 million shipments and saved more than 13,000 tons of CO2. 

E-mobility as a model for the future

"The electrification of the last mile is an important part of sustainable logistics solutions," said Michael Westhagemann Senator for Economics. The steadily increasing number of parcels has made a reduction in noise pollution, traffic volume and emissions necessary. A first step has now been taken in this direction.

Co-ordinated by the Hamburg-based HySolutions GmbH,  the project marks the start of a nationwide move to render delivery services electric. All four companies involved have developed ideas to make their fleets electric. One concept foresees improved route planning for e-transporters and guidelines have been drawn up to prepare depots for the use of e-transporters.