Friday, February 15, 2019

Freight and Logistics and Automotive Giants Work to Advance Cleaner Transport Systems

Motor Racing Event Will Travel the World
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Global freight and logistics outfit DHL first started work with Jaguar Land Rover collaborating in the production and transport of its vehicles from manufacturing plants to customers around the world some 23 years ago. Since then technology has moved on and electric and hybrid vehicles are being introduced right across the transport spectrum, from delivery vans and cars to ever larger trucks and HGVs. DHL has now been tasked to support the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY after working for over five years helping to promote cleaner transport, as Antonio Arranz, DHL Express Mexico Country Manager, explained:

"We've enjoyed a successful partnership with Formula E since September 2013 and it was natural to extend this partnership to include the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. It's a fantastic opportunity to be driving the electrification journey with Jaguar, organising the logistics and shipping all of Jaguar's eTROPHY equipment around the world."

As the latest test bed Jaguar made history with the debut of the world's first all-electric production based championship, which took place in the historic surroundings of Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, in December 2018 and now the shipping and car firms are to continue to work together as things progress. In its inaugural season, the eTROPHY will visit nine cities around the globe. It is the world's first all-electric championship for production-based cars.

DHL will organise the logistics and transport all of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, ABB charging systems, garages, spare parts and technical equipment. DHL can claim over 35 years of experience in motorsports logistics, including the job of transporting the freight for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Marion Barnaby, Championship Manager, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY said:

"We are proud to welcome DHL as the Global Logistics Partner of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series. As we follow the races around the world, the role of DHL is imperative to the success of our race series. They are global leaders in logistics and with an international championship travelling to four continents we have the best possible partner."

Jaguar Racing and DHL have jointly developed a multi-modal logistics solution encompassing land, sea and air freight to deliver the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars and championship equipment, safely, efficiently and on-time. Through early consultation, DHL was able to help reduce the championship's freight requirements from two aircraft to one Boeing 747-800 freighter. The two brands are working together to develop innovative and bespoke packaging solutions to minimise freight and thus improve the championship's ecological footprint.