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Press Release

Bonn/Berlin 05/21/2015

DHL delivers electric racing cars for the first-ever FIA Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix

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The championship is the first global, fully-electric racing series, and is a major undertaking - spanning ten cities in almost ten months and covering a total distance of over 50 000 kilometers.
  • Cars delivered using DHL’s green logistics solutions with innovative lithium-ion batteries management
  • Strategic partnership to promote state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly solutions for the future of e-mobility and sustainable green logistics
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics provider, today announced the successful delivery of 40 electric racing cars, spare parts and lithium-ion batteries to the iconic Tempelhof complex in Berlin, Germany, for the eighth stop of the FIA Formula E Championship. The delivery was made possible with DHL’s industry leading logistics solutions as the Official Logistics and Founding Partner of Formula E.

“With six winners from seven races, Formula E has already proven that it can deliver thrills on the track. DHL’s role has been to ensure that the championship runs just as successfully off the track and that the organizers can focus on the racing entertainment in every market,” said Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express. “With an ambitious agenda for the first season that combines a truly global schedule of races and a commitment to a sustainable future, Formula E poses a special logistics challenge. We at DHL have embraced this challenge, because it allows us to showcase our international transportation network and our unrivalled experience in motorsports logistics, while also helping us to explore and trial green technologies and solutions that could help to shape our industry in the future We are delighted to be delivering the Berlin ePrix to the German public as title sponsor of the race and as a leading German company that has helped Formula E evolve from a pioneering idea to a global racing championship.”

For the FIA Formula E Championship series, DHL provides an extensive range of logistics services, incorporating the most efficient and green technology and processes available today to ensure all race equipment required for each location is delivered safely and on time. The championship is the first global, fully-electric racing series, and is a major undertaking – spanning ten cities in almost ten months and covering a total distance of over 50 000 kilometers, The shipping requirements for the championship amount to about 450 tons per race, which equates to more than 25 freight containers to each location. Alongside the race cars, DHL ships equipment including about 200 tyres, 20 charging units and 45 batteries to the races. The lithium ion batteries, which weigh 320kg and contain 200kg of lithium ion cells, require specialist handling, packaging and certification in many markets. To ensure that Formula E’s logistics is sustainable, DHL has employed modes of transport such as ocean or rail whenever the schedule has allowed, in order to minimize the carbon emissions of the championship. Any emissions generated will then be offset by Formula E through its partnership with FIA Institute and participation in its Carbon Offset Initiative.

“In DHL, we have a partner who is not just a leader in its field, but who is committed to evolving to meet the needs of the future,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings “For Formula E, it was critical that we worked with a global logistics leader that would help us to deliver our first season flawlessly around the world. More importantly, we also wanted a forward-thinking partner who would embrace our commitment to a sustainable future and work with us to develop a supply chain that minimized our carbon footprint. DHL have seen the potential of this joint effort from day one, and we hope that the insights from our cooperation over the coming years will also further benefit their customers in the future.”

DHL is a leading provider of sustainable logistics solutions. E-mobility and carbon-free vehicle concepts are key elements of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s aim to improve the CO2 efficiency of its own operations and those of its transport contractors by 30 percent by 2020.