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Press Release: Tokyo, September 1, 2021

10 electric motorcycles and four electric cargo vehicles will be added to the fleet

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, has purchased 10 new electric motorcycles from aidea Co. Ltd, a Tokyo-based electric vehicle manufacturer. The 3-wheel e-bike will be mainly used in metropolitan areas in Tokyo and Osaka – enhancing mobility in the last mile delivery for business documents and packages. As the first international express provider to introduce electric motorcycles in their fleet in Japan, DHL Express marks a new milestone in achieving climate-neutral logistics.

aidea’s “AA Cargo α4” equipped with 3.85kWh large-capacity battery enables 98km of cruising range with only 3 hours charging time. Implementing the e-motorcycles could help to address various traffic issues in urban areas, such as lack of parking lots, narrow streets and traffic congestions. In addition, DHL Express has also introduced four Mitsubishi Motor’s electric cargo vehicles to its fleet; these will be utilized in Tokyo. These initiatives are in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s sustainability agenda to introduce 80,000 e-vehicles by 2030 for last-mile deliveries. 

Tony Khan, President and Representative Director of DHL Express Japan, said, “Our mission is to help our customers expand their international presence by delivering important documents and parcels as swiftly as possible. The addition of these 3-wheel electric motorcycles to our fleet will further improve our mobility in urban areas and, at the same time, contribute to reducing our carbon emissions. To further improve the customer experience and reduce the impact on the global environment, we will continue to “green” our logistics without hesitation.”

Motohide Ikeda, C.E.O of aidea Co.,Ltd, who attended the delivery ceremony in Tokyo Distribution Centre of DHL commented “It is such an honor to have our electric 3-wheel motorcycle to be chosen by DHL Japan. Although aidea is a new venture company, we aim to contribute to society by solving our customer’s issues, one by one, through our innovative ideas and technologies. We hope that our electric motorcycle becomes that “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind””.   

Sustainability is a top priority for Deutsche Post DHL Group. In 2017, the group became the first logistics company in the world to set a clear target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. In March this year, the Group announced its new roadmap to decarbonization based on “Science Based Targets” and committed EUR 7 billion to invest in climate-neutral logistics until 2030.