SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — CJ Logistics Corp. said Wednesday that it will become South Korea’s first logistics firm to introduce electric delivery vehicles and set up charging stations for them.
The company first plans to introduce a total of four electric cargo vehicles, two each in Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province and the city of Ulsan, later this year.
While there have been cases in which cargo vehicles were converted into electric vehicles (EVs) for testing purposes, this is the first time for electric cargo vehicles to be used for actual delivery.
The electric cargo vehicles being used by CJ Logistics can be fully charged in a single hour, and are capable of driving as far as 180 kilometers on a single charge.
If driven for 100 kilometers each day, they can save up to 1.7 million won (US$1,500) each year compared to the cost of diesel fuel.
Electric cargo vehicles are no different from other non-EVs, except for the fact that they use electricity for driving, ensuring the same quality of delivery.
CJ Logistics currently operates more than 30,000 vehicles for various delivery and logistics services. If the company expands the use of EVs, it will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The company plans to set up EV charging stations at delivery sub-terminals in Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province and Ulsan before installing additional charging stations at other terminals introducing EVs.
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