PowerFlex Installs Hundreds of Charging Stations Nationwide for DHL Express as the Company Electrifies Its Fleet

415 Level 2 chargers across nine U.S. sites nationally installed by PowerFlex as a Strategic Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Partner to DHL

SAN DIEGO (July 13, 2023) — PowerFlex, a national provider of intelligent solar, energy storage, and electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for commercial customers, completed the installation of 415 EV chargers for DHL Express, the world’s leading provider of international express shipping services. The chargers, installed at DHL service center facilities in major U.S. markets, are equipped with PowerFlex X energy management software that monitors, tracks, and reports on charging activities, integrating with DHL’s telematics platforms to optimize Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) operations. The initiative demonstrates DHL's commitment to sustainability as the company electrifies its fleet to reduce its climate impact and foster eco-friendly operations. DHL is the first logistics company to commit to a zero-emissions target, and their fleet electrification is an important step in their green logistics plan.

"At DHL Express, we are always looking for ways to make our operations more sustainable,” said Laurice Bancroft, SVP of Network Operations for DHL Express U.S. “Fleet electrification is one of the many strategies we’ve deployed to reduce our carbon footprint as we work toward our goal of zero-emissions. We selected PowerFlex to complete our EV charging stations because of their deep industry experience that helped us find a creative solution to meet our EV fleet charging needs. We look forward to scaling up our EV fleet and ensuring reliable, eco-friendly deliveries to our customers."

PowerFlex completed the first installation with DHL in 2020 and customized the EVSE project and subsequent ones to optimize the charging experience around the daily delivery operations of DHL. The charging stations were installed overhead to keep them out of the vehicles’ path of travel, yet remain accessible for drivers to plug in at the end of the day. By reviewing the logistical needs of each fleet depot, PowerFlex recommended that DHL install Level 2 (L2) charging stations, which are typically more reliable, economically priced, and less power-intensive than Level 3 DC Fast Chargers. Another advantage of PowerFlex Level 2 chargers is the ability to increase the number of chargers onsite to enable future expansion or provide spare chargers as backup if necessary.

PowerFlex L2 chargers are equipped with Adaptive Load Management® (ALM), intelligent algorithms that balance the power usage across the network of chargers to minimize expensive spikes in energy demand. With ALM, DHL was able to install double the number of chargers in comparison to unmanaged charging with the same power limit and onsite utility infrastructure. Additionally, by mitigating spikes in energy demand, ALM is the grid-friendly EV charging technology that helps prevent overtaxing the existing electricity grid.

“DHL is taking a thoughtful approach to adopt new ‘fueling’ for its business needs and exploring the possibilities offered by in-house EV charging,” said Raphael Declercq, CEO of PowerFlex. “We are proud to work with DHL to support their fleet electrification. PowerFlex’s team understands the critical importance of ensuring that last-mile delivery vans are fully charged to support on-time deliveries while meeting DHL’s fleet sustainability goals."

For these EVSE projects, PowerFlex provided DHL a full suite of services, including site feasibility assessments, turnkey design and installation, hardware and software solutions, and asset management and operations and maintenance services.

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