Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot test of an ID.Buzz Cargo fleet in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units will be placed at the DHL Express Service Centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban for six months and will be utilised for specialised last-mile delivery service.
“Our partnership with DHL Express on the ID.Buzz Cargo test fleet marks the beginning of Volkswagen’s long-term plan to gradually introduce its electric vehicles in the local market,” said Thomas Milz, Director of Sales and Marketing at VWSA, adding: “At the end of the pilot test, we hope to have gathered sufficient information and insights on the readiness of the local market for the introduction of a commercial electric vehicle such as the ID.Buzz Cargo. We are very excited to partner with DHL who shares a similar commitment of zero emissions by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.”
“DHL Express has committed to achieving zero emission by 2050 through a number of initiatives, one of which is ensuring that we have at least 60% electric vehicles for last-mile deliveries by 2030. We are excited to partner with VWSA to pilot their ID. Buzz in our South African operations,” added Jed Michaletos – MD, DHL Express South Africa.
Last year, Volkswagen presented plans for an electric pickup truck, the Amarok, which the company plans to build in South Africa. VW is not the only German manufacturer which is interested in the South African market, as Mercedes recently invested in charging network operator Chargify in the southern African nation.