With the driving of a green pile in Almere, DHL Parcel has started the construction of 26 new CityHubs for its intricate Dutch network of a total of 140 local branches. The construction and commissioning of these hubs for sustainable urban distribution will extend over a period up to the end of 2023. On the CityHub, deliverers drive around 90 routes every day past households, shops and companies. This often happens with electric delivery vans and will even be completely emission-free by 2025 at the latest.
26 new build DHL CityHubs
The 26 new CityHubs to be built are part of a network of 140 branches. The CityHubs are located on the edge of all urban areas, enabling the 'last mile' to be carried out in the most efficient and sustainable way. An average of 90 journeys per day depart from a CityHub, of which 60 depart during the day and 30 in the evening, with short routes with 100 to 200 addresses.
Short routes enable rapid sustainability because they can be carried out with electric delivery vans, cargo bicycles or other small vehicles. All new construction takes place according to the highest BREEAM sustainability standards. This CityHub in Almere also takes place according to the highest BREEAM sustainability standards. The buildings are gasless, equipped with solar panels and a fully electric fleet is driven. This investment is part of an extensive program of 350 million euros.
Largest electric fleet
DHL recently expanded its delivery fleet with 500 cars, bringing DHL's total number of electric delivery vans to 1400; the largest electric delivery fleet in the Netherlands. The 26 new CityHubs to be built will be located in the following locations: Almelo, Almere, Amsterdam, East Amsterdam, South Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Breda, The Hague, Ede, Emmen, Geleen, Gouda/Waddinxveen, Groningen, Haarlem, Helmond, Hendrik Ido Ambacht, Hoofddorp, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Nijmegen, Roermond, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Utrecht, Zaandam, and Zoetermeer.
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