DHL to increase electrification of heavy vehicles with order for 44 Volvo trucks

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Deutsche Post DHL Group will intensify its transition to heavy electric trucks by deploying a total of 44 new electric Volvo trucks on routes in Europe.

The intended order includes 40 electric trucks of the Volvo FE and Volvo FL models, to be used for package deliveries in urban locations. Electric trucks for longer routes are also part of the scope and DHL has decided to begin using Volvo trucks for regional hauling, starting with four Volvo FM Electric trucks in the UK.

The first trucks have been ordered already, six by DHL Parcel UK and two by DHL Freight. This will result in annually savings of nearly 600 tons of CO2 and nearly 225,000 liters of diesel fuel for Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Pablo Ciano, executive vice president for corporate development at Deutsche Post DHL Group, said, “We are committed to meet growing customer demand for green and sustainable solutions and achieve our long-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. As a logistics service provider, the conversion of our vehicle fleet is an important lever to help us avoid CO2 emissions on the road as well. Several of our divisions will thus benefit from this agreement with Volvo Trucks.”

One of the factors in DHL’s decision to ramp up the transition to zero emission vehicles has been the performance of an electric Volvo truck in London, which has been in use since November 2020 -– making last-mile deliveries into the West End shopping district.

Roger Alm, president at Volvo Trucks, said, “DHL is an important global logistics provider, committed to reduce its impact on climate change. Together we can make a difference for the better and I’m proud we will work in the spirit of partnership, aiming to reach our science-based targets to reduce our climate impacts.”

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