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CJ Logistics opens up a new era of electric freight vehicles

2020.11.25

- Introduces four 1-ton electric freight vehicles for parcel delivery, being the first in the industry to commercialize them

- Installed EV stations in Gunpo (Gyeonggi-do) and Ulsan, also conducting the EV charging business at the same time

- Will replace all vehicles with electric freight vehicles by 2030, pursuing Green Survival beyond eco-friendliness

Keun-Hee Park, CEO of CJ Logistics and Vice Chairman (on the left), as he hands over the electric freight vehicles to the delivery drivers

▲Keun-Hee Park, CEO of CJ Logistics and Vice Chairman (on the left), as he hands over the electric freight vehicles to the delivery drivers. 

The era of green mobility has begun by introducing electric freight vehicles for parcel delivery, which traditionally has mostly used diesel vehicles, and also installing EV charging stations. 

CJ Logistics announced on the 18th that it will be the first in the Korean logistics industry to introduce 1-ton electric freight vehicles to the delivery sites. The company will also enter the EV charging business by installing EV charging stations where the vehicles can be charged. Some companies have test-operated remodeled electric freight vehicles, but this is the first time they are actually being commercialized.

CJ Logistics held a ceremony on the 17th celebrating the introduction of electric freight vehicles and the opening of the first EV charging station in Gunpo, Gyeonggi-do. CJ Logistics CEO and Vice Chairman Keun-Hee Park, Kia Motors Senior Managing Director Sang-Dae Kim, CJ Logistics Cooperative Association President Jong-cheol Kim, and other key executives of CJ Logistics attended the event, where Park test-drove the vehicle and handed it to a delivery driver. There was also a demonstration of charging the vehicle at the EV station.

These new electric freight vehicles are capable of driving as far as 180km on a single charge and can be fully charged in a single hour. This enables stable operation as the vehicle drives 50km every day on average from the garage in Gunpo to their destination in Anyang. Moreover, the specifications are the same as general freight vehicles aside from the use of electricity, thereby making these new vehicles suitable for delivery. They can also save KRW 1.7 million a year compared to diesel when driving 100km a day.

CJ Logistics plans to introduce four electric freight vehicles this year, two in Gunpo, Gyeonggi-do and two in Ulsan, and will gradually increase from there starting next year.

CJ Logistics is also installing EV stations to charge these electric freight vehicles and enter the business. The company has installed EV stations in Gunpo (Gyeonggi-do) and Ulsan where these vehicles are operated, after which they will be added to business sites where the vehicles would be used. Currently, there is one high-speed charger in Gunpo, and two standard chargers in Ulsan. They will be open to the public so that other vehicles can also use them. General consumers can use the chargers conveniently with various means of payment, such as membership cards, credit cards, and prepaid transit cards.

As the logistics industry is striving to weed out obsolete diesel vehicles and reduce carbon emissions from freight vehicles to cope with climate change such as global warming, the increased supply of electric freight vehicles by CJ Logistics will contribute greatly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Marking the 90th anniversary of CJ Logistics this year, we will replace all diesel vehicles with electric freight vehicles by 2030,” said Keun-Hee Park, CEO of CJ Logistics and Vice Chairman. “We intend to fulfill corporate social responsibility as well as sustainable management and become a global leader of logistics that leads the era of Green Survival.”

CJ Logistics is operating over 30,000 vehicles for the transport business in Korea including the parcel delivery business.