DPDHL accelerates the transition to zero-emission vehicles
Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) and Volvo Trucks have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the transition to zero-emission commercial vehicles. DPDHL will deploy a total of 44 new electric Volvo trucks on routes in Europe.
The planned order includes 40 Volvo FE and Volvo FL electric trucks to be used for parcel delivery in urban traffic. Electric trucks for longer distances are also part of the order that DHL will use for regional transport, starting with four Volvo FM Electric in the UK.
The first trucks have already been ordered, six from DHL Parcel UK and two from DHL Freight. As a result, Deutsche Post DHL Group saves around 600 tons of CO2 and almost 225,000 liters of diesel fuel annually.
“We are committed to meeting the growing customer demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions and achieving 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 for avoiding CO2 emissions on the road. Several of our divisions will therefore benefit from this agreement with Volvo Trucks,” said Pablo Ciano, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
An important factor in DPDHL’s decision to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles is the positive experience the company has had since November 2020 with the use of an electric Volvo truck for last-mile delivery in London’s West End shopping district. The vehicle was the first all-electric heavy-duty truck to be used in the UK for urban logistics.
“DHL is a major global logistics provider committed to reducing its impact on climate change. Together, we can make a difference for the better, 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.
The cooperation includes the acquisition of new Volvo technologies and joint development activities in the field of electrification. The agreement also includes an analysis of DHL’s transport operations by Volvo Trucks to ensure the successful deployment of tailor-made electric transport solutions.