Press Release

TNT unveils China's first fully electric delivery fleet

Publish Date : 7 September 2010 at 11:15 CET - Amsterdam – TNT today unveiled the express industry's first full electric vehicle fleet in China. The introduction of an initial number of five electric delivery vehicles further bolsters the company's efforts in reducing its carbon emissions. Peter Bakker, together with government officials such as Camiel Eurlings, Dutch Minister of Transport, unveiled the first electric vehicle at the Responsible Transport Forum at the Dutch Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.

“TNT is committed to sustainable development of our industry across the globe. I am very proud that TNT is taking actions to lead the introduction of zero-emission delivery vehicles in China,” said Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT. “With China being one of our most important markets, today's electric delivery vehicle launch is a meaningful step towards our commitment to a sustainable future.”

TNT's global objective is to improve its CO2 efficiency by 45% by 2020. “As a company vision, TNT aims to contribute to a low carbon emission express industry through our daily operations,” added Peter Bakker.

In conjunction with the electric delivery fleet launch, TNT also organized a Responsible Transport Forum at the Dutch Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. This forum provided a platform for participants to discuss the challenges of rising CO2 emissions and issues around road safety and share best practices with the aim to reach industry and government goals. Supported by both the Shanghai government and the Dutch Ministry of Transport, the forum attracted nearly 100 participants and noted industry experts, academics and environmental advocates.

“We are delighted to see both the government and the local community joining together to promote a greener and safer transport industry in China, fostering an environment of sharing best-practices across industry sectors for both markets,” added Bakker.

Produced by Dongfeng Motor, one of China's leading automobile manufacturers, TNT's Chinese electric vehicle fleet is locally designed, manufactured and assembled. After a successful three-month trial operation, the electric delivery fleet is now fully operational in Shanghai.

“Dongfeng is one of the earliest auto companies to invest in R&D for new energy vehicles in China. We have also been a strong industry advocate for the development of electric vehicles in promoting low carbon transport,” said Xu Ping, President of Dongfeng Motor. “New energy vehicles are the future – and are central to our core strategy to foster a more sustainable transportation industry. Dongfeng is strongly committed to leading the sector in promoting the wide scale adoption of new energy vehicles. Therefore we are truly honored to be here today, with TNT, united in our vision for a low carbon future.”

Designed to meet the distinct operational requirements of the express industry, these zero-emissions vehicles are powered by lithium batteries and feature high-tech monitoring systems that record power consumption data during operation, allowing for continuous optimization for delivery routes. The vehicles require only two-and-a-half hours to be fully charged and can travel more than 120 kilometers on a full charge.

About TNT
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and keeps optimising its global network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs about 160,000 people. Over 2009, TNT reported €10.4 billion in revenues and an operating income of €648 million. TNT is officially quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. TNT recognises its social responsibility and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. Our efforts are being recognised: In 2009 TNT again reached the highest score of all companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. More information about TNT can be found on its website .

About electric vehicles at TNT
In 2009, the TNT Group together with consortium partners announced a commitment to purchase 3,000 electric vehicles over the next three years in order to stimulate high quality and affordable mass production. TNT has committed to source 600 of these vehicles to be added to its operational networks. TNT currently has over 50 electric vehicles operational in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France and is testing vehicles running on alternative technologies in various countries, such as the Netherlands, Australia and Germany.

Page publication date: 7 September 2010 at 11:15 CET