Dive Insight:

DHL’s plans to enter the U.S. with StreetScooter follow Amazon’s announcement that it placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from manufacturer Rivian.

This is a trend among logistics providers. UPS has more than 10,000“alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles” in its fleet and FedEx has2,554 electric vehicles in service.

In 2017, DHL announced plans to reduce its logistics-related emissions tozero by 2050. It has deployed more than 9,000 StreetScooters in the European market, according to its 2018 corporate responsibility reportreleased this past May.

“We continuously upgrade our conventional vehicles in accordance with the latest emissions standards,” DHL said in the report. “By optimizing our pick-up and delivery routes, we also help reduce emissions and improve air quality in urban areas.”

DHL purchased StreetScooter in 2014 and the subsidiary remains unprofitable, according to Reuters.

“StreetScooter continues and will continue to be a very important delivery vehicle provider for us,” Deutsche Post AG CFO Melanie Kreis said on themost recent earnings call last month.