Monday, May 19, 2014

Freight Forwarding Group Supplies Logistics for New All Electric Motor Sport Race Formula

Supply Chain Provider is Founding Partner for FIA Races
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – UK – WORLDWIDE – The recent contract undertaken by freight forwarding outfit DHL suits the logistics company’s aspirations to convey an environmentally friendly image despite being associated with a sport which historically was never perceived as particularly green. This month saw the shipment of the very first fully-electric Spark Renault SRT-01E race cars from Paris-based Spark Racing Technology to the new ‘Formula E’ headquarters and team facilities at Donington Park Racing Circuit in the UK. DHL, is not only the Official Logistics Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship but is actually a Founding Partner of this branch of motor sport.

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) was founded in 1904 and Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring single seat cars powered exclusively by electric energy. Just as Formula 1 has evolved from a reputation for gas guzzling, noisy vehicles to its current energy saving, fuel frugal form which has been responsible for many of the environmental advances now seen in production cars, so the E series represents a vision for the future of the motor industry. Over the coming decades the intent is for the racing to serve as a framework for research and development for the all-electric vehicles, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability.

DHL has strived to be ahead of the game when it comes to energy saving in the supply chain and claims to be the first international logistics provider to set a measurable carbon efficiency target through its ‘GoGreen’ programme with the aim of cutting the group’s CO2 emissions 30% by 2020 compared with 2007 levels. As part of the official opening of the new Formula E facilities, and ahead of the first track test at Donington Park in June, each of the ten teams took delivery of one race car, with a further ten cars to be delivered by mid-June before the inaugural race gets under way in Beijing in September. Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express, commented:

"In just a few months, the world will witness the inauguration of a thrilling new form of motorsport around the streets of Beijing, and other great cities around the globe. Formula E will not only deliver entertainment and excitement for all the family, but will also play an important role in the promotion of sustainable transport solutions. As the world's leading logistics company, with one of the largest fleets of alternative drive vehicles in the industry worldwide, DHL is proud to be a Founding Partner of Formula E and incredibly excited to be joining them on their pioneering journey."