DHL Supply Chain deploys electric truck

DHL Supply Chain has deployed its first electric 16 tonne truck in the UK, delivering goods to customers in the West End of London.

The Volvo FL Electric 4×2 rigid has four, 200kWh batteries that give the vehicle a range of 193km per charge. Its maximum payload capacity is 6 tons or 12 pallets. It is based at Purfleet where it will be charged every evening.

Ian Clough, managing director, network logistics and transport, UK & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain commented on the trial: “As the market leader in contract logistics, and part of the world’s largest logistics group, we have a responsibility to reach for ambitious sustainability targets as we deliver best-in-class solutions for our customers. We are very proud and excited that our investment in the UK’s first operational fully electric large commercial vehicle is just another example of how we are doing that. The Volvo FL Electric is the perfect solution to the challenges of urban logistics, allowing us to make deliveries in densely populated inner-city locations where air quality and noise pollution challenges are highest.”