Formula E and DHL, the Official Founding and Logistics Partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, have announced a multi-year partnership extension starting in the Gen3 era to continue bringing the importance of sustainability to cities around the world.
DHL is the Official Founding Partner and the Official Logistics Partner of the world’s first all-electric motorsport championship since 2014. With 40 years of international motorsport experience, DHL was instrumental in converting the concept of all-electric racing into reality with the inaugural race in Beijing that same year. Since then, DHL has supported Formula E through the milestone 100th race, which concluded last season in Seoul, South Korea, and was also the 26th world city to host a Formula E race.
Season 9 and the Gen3 era begins this Saturday with the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix. The race will see the competitive debut of the Gen3 – the fastest, lightest, most powerful, and most efficient electric race car ever built – while Season 9 features 16 races in 11 iconic world cities, including first-time visits to Hyderabad, Cape Town, São Paulo, and Portland, Oregon.
DHL’s partnership provides state-of-the-art sustainable logistics, incorporating tailored multimodal transport, including road and sea freight, that maximizes efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions. Using biofuels for all road and sea freight, DHL will travel over 89,000 kilometres for the upcoming season, moving approximately 415 tons of valuable freight per race, including race cars, batteries, charging units, broadcast equipment, and marketing and hospitality equipment.
“DHL helped bring Formula E to life and has been a valued partner ever since,” says Matt Scammell, Chief Commercial Officer at Formula E. “We are delighted the relationship will continue as we embark on the Gen3 era, where we are racing at the very limit of innovation, pushing the boundaries of development in EV technology and defining the future of motorsport. DHL is critical in delivering every race event worldwide, pioneering cutting-edge solutions in efficiency and sustainability, making them a perfect fit for the championship and our mission.”
DHL and Formula E will continue to reflect their common values through the “Together Green” platform, as DHL’s yellow and Formula E’s blue colours combine to envision a greener future. The activities will include but are not limited to, collaborations with sustainability developments across new and old race grounds whilst showcasing the thrill of Formula E.
“Formula E is not just a sport, but also a vision of the future we can all participate in. We share that same vision of a greener future and are proud to be a founding and logistics partner of Formula E since its inception,” says Arjan Sissing, Head of Global Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Our years of partnership have been thrilling, working together to promote sustainability worldwide. We look forward to continuing the green journey together.”
As a green logistics pioneer, in 2008, DHL became the first logistics company to commit to a measurable carbon efficiency target, pledging to improve carbon efficiency by 30% (versus 2007) by 2021. This goal was achieved four years ahead of schedule in 2016, while in March 2017, it announced a commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Furthermore, in 2021, DPDHL Group committed to investing 7 billion euros in clean operations and climate-neutral logistics by 2030. The funds will, for example, be used to electrify 60% of the last-mile fleet by 2030, putting more than 80,000 e-vehicles on the road.
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