DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks joined forces to speed up the introduction of heavy duty electric trucks to be used for regional transport in Europe.
The move to fossil-free road transport will focus on longer distance heavy transports by making the transition to electrification as seamless and efficient as possible.
“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. I’m confident that our strong cooperation with Volvo Trucks, one of the major truck brands in the world, will support us in achieving our ambitious environmental goals in the road freight sector,” says Uwe Brinks, CEO at DHL Freight.
“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. We have a longstanding relationship with DHL. Their broad and global expertise in logistics allows us to study the conditions to progress with this technology shift, adapting it to customer needs and their type of transport operation," says Roger Alm, president at Volvo Trucks.
From Volvo Trucks:
- The cooperation includes exclusive, worldwide first pilot tests of a fully electric Volvo FH truck with gross combination weights up to 60 tons.
- Starting in March, the truck will operate between two DHL Freight logistics terminals in Sweden, a distance of approximately 150 km. During the trial, Volvo and DHL will gain experience and information regarding the set-up and operation of an adequate charging infrastructure. The collected insights will help to optimize the right balance between operated distance, load weight and charging points in daily road freight operations.
- The DHL-Volvo project is part of REEL, an initiative run by Sweden’s Vinnova to promote the transition to an electrified freight transport system.