Heppner: our approach to reducing our carbon footprint is global and we act wherever possible

Heppner: our approach to reducing our carbon footprint is global and we act wherever possible

The Heppner Group, creator of transport and logistics solutions, is upgrading its urban distribution offer with plans to integrate 16 and 18 tonne electric trucks into its fleet, in partnership with Volta Trucks.

The project is part of a strategic decarbonisation plan, adding electric power to its energy mix, alongside CNG/bio-CNG, biofuel and three-wheelers. A first test drive of an unladen Volta Zero on 30 November 2022 allowed Heppner employees to get to know the vehicle.

Heppner, a player committed to the energy transition

In line with its CSR and energy transition strategic plan, Heppner is providing its drivers and customers with a new range of vehicles for last-mile delivery. Committed to reducing its carbon footprint, Heppner is invested in the continuous improvement of its service offering and acts face of changing regulatory standards concerning low emission zones.

In anticipation of this, Heppner began a first transformation of its fleet of vehicles in 2021, initially towards CNG/bio-CNG by setting up a first semi-private CNG station in Le Mans. After a target of 150 CNG trucks by 2025 out of its 300 vehicles operated by the company, and the introduction of the XTL biofuel in 2022, as well as delivery in three-wheelers in some fifteen cities in France. Heppner has completed its energy mix by entering a partnership with Volta Trucks, enabling it to offer its drivers a 16-ton or 18-ton electric vehicle suitable for last-mile delivery.

“At Heppner, our approach to reducing our carbon footprint is global and we act wherever possible. I am proud to be able to lay a new brick in our energy transition with Volta Trucks, which is a key pillar of our strategy. This first successful trial is the start of a great collaboration in which innovation and agility have their place,” says Jean-Thomas Schmitt, CEO of the Heppner Group.

Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Heppner to Volta Trucks. Both teams have worked towards a shared vision – to implement the full-electric Volta Zero onto Heppner’s fleet but also recognising that the migration to zero tailpipe emissions needs more than a truck, it needs the complete electrification ecosystem around the truck, to be successful. Our unique Truck as a Service proposition supports customers like Heppner operate an efficient and cost-effective full-electric fleet of trucks from day one. I’m sure this will provide a template and case study that others will follow.”

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