DHL has added 100 propane-based vans to its American delivery fleet. Credit: DHL Express.
International express mail provider, DHL Express, recently announced the addition of 100 pickup and delivery vans fueled by propane. The new Ford E-250 cargo vans are each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system, and will be on the road late this month.“Customers in the U.S. and worldwide are increasingly demanding greener logistics and sustainable business procedures,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “Initiatives like our all ‘green’ fleet in Manhattan and this propane autogas fleet not only lower our DHL carbon footprint, but are a smart, clean and cost-effective choice for our business.”The new alternative fuel vehicles will join DHS Express’ pickup and delivery service in California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas. DHS’s parent company is the German-based Deutsche Post, which through its GOGREEN program, aims to improve the company’s worldwide carbon efficiency 30 percent by 2020, using 2007 levels as a baseline.In the United States, DHS Express also operates propane-based vans in Ohio, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Worldwide, Deutsche Post has over 4,000 vehicles running on alternative fuels or modified for improved fuel-efficiency – including an all “green” fleet in Manhattan with 50 hybrid vans and 30 American-made, battery-powered electric trucks. Through the use of propane autogas, each alternative fuel vehicle saves over 22,587 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year. Propane autogas is a low carbon fuel that reduces greenhouse gases by up to 25 percent, carbon monoxide by up to 60 percent, nitrogen oxide by 20 percent, and virtually eliminates particulate matter when compared to conventional fuels. In addition, non-toxic propane does not harm soil or groundwater. DHL Express’ equipment is provided by Michigan-based alternative fuel company ROUSH CleanTech (chaired by NASCAR team owner Jack Roush). “At ROUSH CleanTech, we are committed to new technologies that help businesses meet economic and sustainability goals using safe and domestically produced energy sources,” said Joe Thompson, president of ROUSH CleanTech. “DHL is internationally known for its green initiatives, and we’re thrilled to partner with them to deliver an alternative fuel solution that lowers operating costs and emissions without compromising vehicle performance.”ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas-powered Ford vehicles offer the same factory performance characteristics, warranty coverage and serviceability as gasoline-fueled vehicles without loss of horsepower, torque or towing.