DHL has partnered with Volvo to trial an electric truck over longer than normal distances.
The trial will see a fully electric vehicle, with gross combination weights up to 60 tonnes, used across the roughly 150km distance between two DHL Freight logistics terminals in Sweden.
Starting in March, it will gather information about operated distance, load weight and charging points in daily road freight operations.
Electric vehicles have so far typically been used to deliver parcels across smaller distances such as within urban areas. This trial aims to extend their applicability to longer distance freight.
Uwe Brinks, CEO at DHL Freight, said: “Our aim is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero. Important milestones have already been achieved in meeting this: compared to 2007, our Group’s CO2 efficiency has improved by 35%. However, we need innovative technological solutions and strong partnerships along this journey.”
Roger Alm, President at Volvo Trucks, said: “The transport business is changing rapidly and to be sustainable is an increasingly important business advantage for many of our customers. We offer effective transport solutions that help make a fast transition to fossil-free fuels such as electricity.
“[DHL’s] broad and global expertise in logistics allows us to study the conditions to progress with this technology shift, adapting to customer needs and their type of transport operation.”
Robert Zander, CEO of DHL Freight Sweden, said: “The logistics sector is facing a huge challenge, which also offers a great opportunity at the same time – the decarbonisation of freight transportation.
“The collaboration with Volvo Trucks helps DHL Freight to play an even bigger role in the transition to sustainable alternatives and is another significant proof point for our long-term strategy towards climate-neutral transportation.”