DACHSER to purchase 50 electric trucks in sustainability drive

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German logistics provider DACHSER is to step up its use of zero-emission vehicles by acquiring 50 electric trucks for use on European routes before the end of 2023. In addition, the company plans to add around 1,000 electric passenger cars to its fleet and run pilot projects to develop and test hydrogen-powered trucks.

DACHSER to purchase 50 electric trucks in sustainability drive

In a statement, DACHSER said that although it uses electrically assisted cargo bikes in daily operations, there are still very few all-electric production vehicles in the heavier weight classes of its fleet.

To remedy this, over the next two years, the logistics operator will introduce at least 50 additional zero-emission trucks, including heavy battery-electric motor vehicles and truck tractors from a range of manufacturers, either through direct purchase or in cooperation with transport partners.

Alexander Tonn, COO of Road Logistics at DACHSER, says the new vehicles will be used for regional and shuttle transports this year. Tonn adds that the company intends to use battery-powered vehicles to move around swap bodies and semi-trailers at its branches.

Moreover, by the end of 2023, the road transport and logistics firm aims to have 50% of fleet of company cars fully-electric. To keep the vehicles charged, several charing point will be created, including 40 fast charging stations for trucks. All of these charge spots are to be supplied with green electricity, which will be either bought in or produced by the company’s own photovoltaic systems.

Commenting on the plans, Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer at DACHSER, said:

“The only way for the transportation sector to meet the global community’s long-term goal of net zero emissions is by using zero-emission vehicles. That’s why such vehicles form a key plank of our own climate protection strategy. We’re going to significantly expand our use of environmentally friendly vehicles in the coming years, which will give us valuable practical experience and also help us increase the number of units.”

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