DHL Freight pilots eHGVs on regional routes

DHL Freight is now piloting using heavy duty electric Volvo Trucks HGVs for regional transport in Europe. This is part of the carrier’s attempts to go towards a net zero carbon future.

To date, DHL Freight has been using electric HGVs for shorter distances in urban areas. Now it is assessing the possibility of using them for longer distances. This will include using a Volvo FH truck with a gross combination weight of 60 tonnes.

The first pilot will involve using the electric truck on a 150km one-way route between two DHL Freight terminals in Sweden. The pilot will assess factors like optimising the right balance between operating distance, load weight and charging points in road freight operations.

Uwe Brinks, CEO at DHL Freight commented: “Our aim is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero. Important milestones have already been achieved in meeting this: compared to 2007, our Group’s CO2 efficiency has improved by 35%. However, we need innovative technological solutions and strong partnerships along this journey. I’m confident that our strong cooperation with Volvo Trucks, one of the major truck brands in the world, will support us in achieving our ambitious environmental goals in the road freight sector.”

“The transport business is changing rapidly and to be sustainable is an increasingly important business advantage for many of our customers. We offer effective transport solutions that help make a fast transition to fossil-free fuels such as electricity. We have a longstanding relationship with DHL. Their broad and global expertise in logistics allows us to study the conditions to progress with this technology shift, adapting to customer needs and their type of transport operation,” says Roger Alm, President at Volvo Trucks.

“The logistics sector is facing a huge challenge, which also offers a great opportunity at the same time – the decarbonization of freight transportation. The collaboration with Volvo Trucks helps DHL Freight to play an even bigger role in the transition to sustainable alternatives and is another significant proof point for our long-term strategy towards climate-neutral transportation,” explains Robert Zander, CEO of DHL Freight Sweden.