DHL brings Formula E back to China with eco-friendly initiatives

Three planes will transport 257 tonnes of freight over 6,000 miles from Berlin race to Shanghai race using SAF

DHL brings Formula E back to China with eco-friendly initiatives
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DHL, the official founding and logistics partner of Formula E, is delivering Formula E to Shanghai, China, as the city hosts the race for the first time. The event is scheduled to take place on 25-26 May 2024.

Formula E made its debut in Beijing, China, in 2014 and now advocates for a broader sustainability agenda, backed by DHL's four-decade-long expertise in global motorsport, according to a press release from DHL.

Formula E has also signed up for DHL Global Forwarding's GoGreen Plus service – the latest in a long line of initiatives spanning the 10 years of delivering the championship– to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

For the Shanghai race, three planes will transport 257 tonnes of freight over 6,000 miles from Berlin race to Shanghai race using SAF. This will save at least 80% in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional kerosene jet fuel, says the release.

As the logistics partner for Formula E, DHL will utilise its multimodal transport solutions to transport approximately 380 tonnes of freight. including race cars, batteries and charging units, and media and broadcasting equipment via air, ocean and road freight. For the past three seasons, a great focus has been given to the use of biofuels for road and sea freight, resulting in a substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Chinese government has implemented various policies to incentivise the adoption of electric vehicles, including the extension of tax exemption policy for new energy vehicles until 2027. By hosting the Formula E race this year, China is showcasing its leadership in electric vehicle innovation while encouraging the adoption of clean transportation solutions, the release added.

Manuela Gianni, Head of Motorsports Italy, DHL Global Forwarding says: "Our partnership with Formula E represents a shared commitment to sustainability and innovation. By leveraging our logistics expertise and global network, we are proud to support Formula E in delivering exhilarating races while reducing our environmental footprint. Together, we are driving positive change and inspiring a greener future.”

Piak Hwee Tan, Senior Vice President- Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding adds: "Formula E is the pioneer in electric street racing, and Shanghai is the perfect venue to showcase China's prowess in electric mobility solutions. Our longstanding partnership with Formula E goes beyond logistics support, as we also lend our expertise in customs regulations and procedures to ensure timely clearance of a multitude of Formula E equipment and infrastructure. We are also proud of our expanded partnership through GoGreen Plus that we can bring this race to Shanghai even more sustainably.”

Rick Zhang, Senior Vice President Commercial, China, DHL Express says: "As we speed towards a greener future, DHL's collaboration with Formula E not only electrifies the racing world but also amplifies our relentless dedication to eco-friendly logistics solutions in China. We have constantly invested in green logistics solutions in various facets of our operations, from electric vehicles to climate-neutral buildings. We will continue to find suitable solutions, and contribute to China's sustainability goals.”

Since the inception of Formula E, DHL has been providing end-to-end logistics solutions to ensure the smooth operation of each race. To date, DHL has helped to deliver over 120 Formula E races around the world.

Formula E is an international open-wheel motorsport championship for electric cars. Formula E races are held on temporary street circuits in cities around the world, with the aim of bringing the excitement of racing to urban areas and raising awareness about electric vehicles and sustainable transportation.

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