DHL Express has unveiled plans to install solar panel units on its US delivery and pickup trucks to help reduce the fuel consumed by ancillary equipment such as the power liftgate.
Nearly 70 medium and heavy-duty trucks will be equipped with the TRAILAR solar technology, which is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,000kg per year for each vehicle.
Greg Hewitt, CEO, DHL Express US, said, “We’re aiming to improve the lives of people where they live and work, using cleaner pickup and delivery solutions – such as electric vehicles and cargo cycles, and now augmenting our truck fleet with this innovative solar solution. This is another strategic step in our drive forward to decarbonization, and over time reducing all logistics related emissions to net zero by 2050.”
An integrated telematics system will provide detailed information on the efficiency of the entire system through web-based reporting, including battery health, charging of ancillary equipment, and overall fuel and C02 savings.
The TRAILAR Smart Charge Controller will provide continuous battery management to ensure solar energy is used to maintain optimum battery levels. This constant care of the battery and reduction in alternator wear has a direct impact in reducing overall vehicle maintenance costs.