DHL deploys natural gas powered trucks for long-haul delivery

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DHL Freight has purchased four natural gas powered Stralis trucks to make its long-haul shipping operations more sustainable.

The heavy-duty, long-haul trucks, made by IVECO, have a driving range of up to 1,500km and enable a total weight of tractor and trailer of up to 40 tons. Being mindful of the company’s strategy to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050, DHL Freight was inspired to purchase the tractors as a way to expand its current service offering for the global sporting-goods manufacturer.

Uwe Brinks, CEO at DHL Freight, said, “As an excellent long-haul alternative to diesel, natural gas provides a great opportunity for DHL Freight to become front-runner in sustainable road freight shipping. It offers the chance to reduce greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions, in addition to benefits such as noise reduction and cost savings.

“With IVECO’s natural gas powered trucks, we can now provide customers with additional options for environmentally friendly long-distance transport and further contribute to DHL’s GoGreen environmental goals.”

Compared with diesel, the use of liquid natural gas reduces particulate matter emissions by 99% and nitrogen dioxide by 96%. CO2 is reduced by up to 10% and can be even reduced up to 95% by using biomethane.

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