DHL Freight adds 30 trucks to first and final mile fleet

As part of its pilot driver recruitment programme, DHL Freight has bought 30 new MAN trucks.

Fifteen of the MAN trucks have the DHL owned TRAILAR rooftop solar power system. They have been bought to help the logistics division meet demand during the peak season, both on the first-mile and final-mile legs.

The DHL Freight driver recruitment programme is taking place at five locations across Germany and has recruited 50 drivers since its inception last year. The plan is for the programme to add 500 drivers to its truck driver team across Europe.

“The demand for overland transport is continuing to rise. At the same time, the road freight industry is facing an increasingly urgent shortage of drivers. We are approaching this issue proactively by implementing a new working model to address drivers’ needs,” explains Uwe Brinks, CEO of DHL Freight. “With new recruits and a flexible deployment model, we can ensure that we have the capacity to provide reliable service for our customers year-round. We are very pleased with the response so far and have already welcomed 50 new drivers at participating locations.”

The DHL TRAILAR solar arrays are thin, flexible solar matting that is installed on the roofs of rigid vehicles and connected to the vehicle’s battery. It adds extra power to the electrical system and reduces demand for the vehicle to use diesel for things like air con, tail lift raising and lowering and other functions, and could save as much as 5% of fuel per day – or up to 4 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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