Battery electric vehicles are the global buzz words and while Europe, the USA and Japan have a number of manufacturers driving the long-haul with electric trucks, the entry point for the wide spread penetrtion of battery electric commercial vehicles in South Africa is generally accepted as lying at the lower end in the local distribution and last mile delivery arena.
It was interesting to hear therefore that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot test of the ID.Buzz Cargo fleet in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units will be placed at the DHL Express Service Centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban for six months. The units will be used for specialised last-mile delivery services as part of DHL’s local pilot test of its global zero emissions logistics target.
The introduction of the ID.Buzz Cargo test fleet is an effort towards the realisation of Volkswagen Group South Africa’s electric vehicles strategy for the Volkswagen brand in South Africa. The test fleet will assist Volkswagen to build awareness of its electric vehicles in South Africa and to obtain learnings that are key for the brand’s electric vehicles strategy.
Thomas Milz, Director of Sales and Marketing at VWSA, says: “Our partnership with DHL Express on the ID.Buzz Cargo test fleet marks the beginning of Volkswagen’s long-term plan to gradually introduce its electric vehicles in the local market. At the end of the pilot test, we hope to have gathered sufficient information and insights on the readiness of the local market for the introduction of a commercial electric vehicle such as the ID.Buzz Cargo. We‘re very excited to partner with DHL who shares a similar commitment of zero emissions by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.”
Jed Michaletos, Managing Director of DHL Express South Africa, says the compnay has committed to achieving zero emissions by 2050 through a number of initiatives, one of which is ensuring that “we have at least 60% electric vehicles for last-mile deliveries by 2030. As the world’s leading logistics company, we have a responsibility to set an example in our industry and be a sustainability leader.“
With the phenominal growth in on-line shopping, last mile deliveries are roaring and it will be interesting to see how this pilot projects pans out within with last mile delivery parameters. Stay in touch VW.