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CJ Logistics starts to convert delivery trucks to electric

CJ Logistics CEO Park Keun-hee, left, presents an electric delivery truck to an employee in Gunpo, Gyeonggi, at an event held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the region. [CJ LOGISTICS]

CJ Logistics CEO Park Keun-hee, left, presents an electric delivery truck to an employee in Gunpo, Gyeonggi, at an event held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the region. [CJ LOGISTICS]

 
CJ Logistics converted four of its diesel delivery trucks to electric vehicles (EVs) and opened two EV charging stations as part of its push to go green.

 
Korea’s largest logistics company announced Wednesday it has adapted two one-ton trucks in Gunpo, Gyeonggi, and two in Ulsan. The company’s plan is to gradually convert all diesel delivery trucks, driven by both its regular workers and independent delivery workers, into EVs by 2030.
 
While some logistics companies have trialed the use of EVs, CJ Logistics says it is the first to permanently adopt the use of EVs for delivery in Korea.
 
One truck was delivered to a delivery worker by CJ Logistics CEO Park Keun-hee at an event held in Gunpo on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of an EV charging station in the region. The event was also attended by key executives and Kia Motors’ Senior Vice President Kim Sang-dae.
 
The electric trucks are manufactured by Kia Motors and are able to drive 180 kilometers (112 miles) on one charge. They can be fully charged in an hour.  
 
Use of EVs could save 1.7 million won ($1,500) a year, if a delivery worker drives the truck 100 kilometers per day, according to the company.
 
One EV charger has been installed in Gunpo and two in Ulsan. CJ Logistics is also making those chargers available to other drivers.  
 
“CJ Logistics will convert all our vehicles to electric vehicles by 2030,” said Park. It “will become a global logistics firm leading the eco-friendly era while fulfilling social responsibility and practicing sustainable management.”
 
CJ Logistics has around 20,000 delivery workers. Around a thousand are regular workers.  
 
BY JIN MIN-JI   [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]
 

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