DHL deploys UK’s first electric heavy-duty trucks from Volvo

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DHL Supply Chain has begun operating the UK’s first fully electric Volvo heavy-duty tractor units, designed for high-capacity deliveries operating at 40 metric tons.

Featuring the manufacturer’s largest 540kWh battery, which provides 666hp, the four Volvo FM electric trucks have a range of up to 300km/180 miles, enabling them to complete full roundtrips servicing DHL’s retail and automotive customers across the UK.

Saul Resnick, CEO DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain, said, “Today marks an important milestone in our journey toward alternative fuel vehicles. The size and capability of these trucks make them a truly viable alternative to diesel as they fully meet our needs and those of our customers. Following our introduction of the UK’s first 16-metric-ton rigid electric truck in late 2020, we’re proud to continue to lead the way in electric commercial transport.”

The new trucks share the same controls and very latest safety features seen on conventional diesel Volvo FM vehicles. According to DHL, early feedback from drivers regarding acceleration and hill performance has been positive.

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