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Alice takes to the skies: DHL aims to slash carbon emissions with its new electric cargo aircraft

Emissions-free air cargo delivery may no longer be an unattainable dream. Electric aviation company Eviation has now developed a fully electric aircraft, and DHL has ordered 12 of them to join their last-mile fleet. 

The aircraft, called Alice, can be flown by a single pilot and will be the first fully electric cargo plane. With a 30-minute charging time per flight hour, it can be recharged while being unloaded and loaded for a quick turnaround. Able to operate in all environments currently serviced by traditionally powered aircraft, it will be ideal for feeder routes. Its motors have fewer moving parts, which increases reliability and reduces maintenance costs.

The Alice was specifically designed to be configured for either cargo or passengers. Its first flight will take place later this year.

Decarbonisation is one of main pillars of DPDHL Group Sustainability Roadmap, announced early 2021.

The 12 Alice e-aircraft are due to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.

  • Maximum cruise speed: 407 kilometers per hour (220 knots)
  • Maximum range: Up to 815 kilometers (440 nautical miles)
  • Maximum revenue payload: up to 1,134 kilograms (2,500 pounds)

1,200

kilograms capacity (2,600 pounds)

30

minutes charging time per flight hour


Images: DHL