Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a partnership agreement to accelerate the transition to zero-emissions vehicles. DHL plans to deploy a total of 44 new Volvo electric trucks on routes in Europe. Therefore, the company is intensifying the transition to heavier electric trucks.
Deutsche Post DHL Group and Volvo Trucks are expanding their existing partnership to accelerate the introduction of heavier electric trucks for regional transport in Europe.
letter of intent
The signed letter of intent includes 40 Volvo FE and Volvo FL electric trucks. It will be used for parcel delivery in cities, with specific countries and routes still to be determined. Electric trucks for longer routes are also part of the scope and DHL has decided to start using Volvo trucks for regional transport, starting with four Volvo FM Electric trucks in the UK.
The first trucks have been ordered, six by DHL Parcel UK and two by DHL Freight. This will result in annual savings of nearly 600 tonnes of CO2 and nearly 225,000 liters of diesel for the Deutsche Post DHL Group.
‘Increasing demand for sustainable solutions’
“We are committed to meeting our customers’ growing demand for green and sustainable solutions and achieving our long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050. As a logistics service provider, making our fleet more sustainable is an important reason to reduce CO2to limit emissions. Several of our divisions will benefit from this agreement with Volvo Trucks,” explains Pablo Ciano, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
An important factor in DHL’s decision to scale up the transition to zero-emissions vehicles was the positive experience it has with using Volvo electric trucks in several European countries. For example, the Volvo FL Electric has been deployed in London since November 2020. It is the first electric commercial heavy-duty truck to be used for city logistics in the United Kingdom. And in the Netherlands, three Volvo FL Electrics have driven the DHL Parcel since December 2021. These vehicles are used for DHL’s business customers in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
‘Making a difference together’
“DHL is a major global logistics provider committed to reducing its impact on climate change. Together we can make a difference. I am proud that we will work in a spirit of partnership, focused on achieving our science-based goal of reducing our climate impact,” said Roger Alm, President at Volvo Trucks.
The partnership includes the adoption of new Volvo technologies and co-development activities in the area of electrification. The agreement also includes analysis by Volvo Trucks of DHL’s transportation business, with the ultimate goal of successfully implementing a custom electric transport solution.