DHL Freight is to begin a trial of two Daimler FUSO electric trucks in and around the Berlin metropolitan area.
The new DHL trucks are 7.5 tonne eCanters, which are all-electric series produced trucks with low-emissions drive and low noise levels.
“The use of alternative drives, such as those built into the all-electric FUSO eCanter, plays an important role in reaching our Group-wide goal of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050. DHL Freight is firmly committed to helping make this happen. By deploying the eCanter, we hope to reduce emissions from our forwarding business, as well as local air pollution emissions, which will in turn reduce our carbon footprint and that of our customers,” said Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight.
According to DHL the two electric trucks will mainly be used for business and private customers in and around Berlin. They will deliver less-than-container-load shipments that weigh more than 35kg. These will include large home appliances to private customers. They will be used for pickup and delivery, and are aimed at reducing pollution on first and last mile delivery business.
In addition to the two vehicles for DHL Freight, DHL Parcel has also officially taken on four electric trucks that it will use to make deliveries in the central downtown area of Berlin.
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