Published on November 21st, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
DHL delivers electric racing cars for FIA Formula E Championship in Putrajaya
DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, today announced the successful delivery of 40 electric racing cars, spare parts and lithium-ion batteries to the helloistrative centre of Malaysia, Putrajaya for the second stop of the FIA Formula E Championship. The delivery was made possible with DHL’s industry leading logistics solutions as the Official Logistics and a Founding Partner of Formula E.
For this Formula E Championship series that spans across nine race city locations around the world, DHL will provide an extensive range of logistics services, incorporating the most efficient and green technology and processes available today to ensure all race equipment required for the next location are delivered safely and on time.
“In line with Malaysia’s pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40% by 2020, DHL is also committed to being involved in green initiatives and providing sustainable and innovative solutions that deliver value for society. When the opportunity to partner with Formula E came about, it was only fitting that DHL formed a strategic partnership with Formula E,” said Christopher Ong, Managing Director, DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei.
He added, “As a company we understand that one of our present challenges is the need to respond to environmental sustainability, and that is why DHL is always striving towards improving this through our services. Our partnership with Formula E is the perfect platform to showcase our green logistics solutions further both globally and within Malaysia.”
“The FIA Formula E Championship is unique to the world and it is a massive undertaking – spanning nine cities in almost 10 months. When deciding on our race locations, Putrajaya, Malaysia was an easy choice to be part of the Formula E tour as the ideologies behind the city’s planning is similar to ours at Formula E – where sustainability and green technology is the core of our beliefs for a better future. This meticulously-designed capital has preserved 40% of its land area for nature in its efforts to develop a green, smart and connected city,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
“Our continued efforts and innovation in providing sustainable transportation solutions combined with over 30 years of positive track record in the motorsports industry, has led to a natural partnership between DHL and Formula E,” said Ilhami Arslanoglu, Vice President Automotive Asia Pacific, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “The choice of Malaysia as a venue for one of the Formula E races is also a natural one with the country’s eye on sustainability and E-mobility. Malaysia has the highest level of car ownership in the ASEAN region and as a result it is addressing carbon emission levels by positioning itself as a manufacturing hub for energy-efficient vehicles.”
As a part of DHL’s continued commitment to sustainability, DHL recently launched the Formula E-inspired Blue Sky Transport Design Award – inviting professional and aspiring designers to submit creative ideas to shape the future of sustainable electric transport. This Award will be judged by a best-in-field panel to be chaired by world-class designer Paul Priestman and will also include experts from design, transport and Formula E. The winner will be presented at the final FIA Formula ePrix race in London, UK.
DHL is a leading provider of sustainable logistics solutions. In numerous industry sectors, the company is in the driving seat, especially when it comes to the reduction of carbon emissions and implementing new technologies. Therefore, e-mobility and carbon-free vehicle concepts are key elements for achieving Deutsche Post DHL’s target of improving the CO2 efficiency of its own operations and those of its transport contractors by 30 percent by 2020.