Worldwide, DHL is usually the right contact when you need something fast (especially documents). Americans may not realize their size, in large part due to the disappearance of yellow trucks from our streets in 2008, but before that they were known for their lightning speed. This is still the case as they are still doing great business. Now, to order 44 Volvo electric trucks, DHL will not only be fast, but also clean.
“We are committed to meeting the growing customer demand for green and sustainable solutions and achieving our long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050. As a logistics provider, converting our vehicle fleet is an important lever to avoid carbon dioxide emissions down the road as well. Consequently, many of our businesses will benefit from This agreement is with Volvo Trucks,” explains Pablo Ciano, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
Electric trucks aren’t new to parcel service. The company has been testing and using an electric truck in London since 2020 and the experiences have been very positive. The truck did an excellent job of cutting costs and reducing emissions for last-mile delivery in the West End shopping district, so DHL decided to expand the program.
44 trucks will travel across Europe, 40 of which will do the same thing as the one in London. Final deliveries with Volvo FE and Volvo FL trucks remove emissions from neighborhoods and commercial areas. This would save 600 tons of carbon dioxide and 225 thousand liters of diesel fuel.
The company also plans to use four trucks on long-distance roads in Europe. These four vehicles are Volvo FM Trucks operating on UK roads.
However, Volvo and DHL were not limited to regulating the sale of trucks. Volvo will provide important information to DHL and work with DHL to get the most out of the trucks. They will also obtain valuable quantitative and empirical data from the operation of the trucks and use it to help future customers looking to use Volvo EVs in the field.
“DHL is a major global logistics provider committed to reducing our impact on climate change. Together we can make a difference and I am proud that we will work together in a spirit of partnership to achieve our science-based goals to reduce our climate impact,” said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.
44 trucks may not seem like a lot, but we have to keep in mind that timely delivery and quick movement of goods and documents overnight or faster requires a lot of reliability and careful planning. If DHL makes a mistake with new trucks, Clear the Way spoiled Albuquerque in buying electric buses could cause serious problems for its customers who depend on DHL to get the job done. So expect logistics companies to dip their toes into the water first and then slowly enter the pool instead of jumping straight.
DHL had a good experience with their first toe dive (in London 2020) so now they are jumping in and trying to get in and swim. This is progress, even if it has been a little slow.
Featured image of Volvo Trucks.
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