The first trucks have already been ordered, six by DHL Parcel UK and two by DHL Freight.

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Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles. DHL intends to step up its transition to electric trucks by rolling out a total of 44 new electric Volvo trucks on roads in Europe.

The planned order includes 40 electric trucks of the Volvo FE and Volvo FL models, to be used for parcel deliveries in urban transport. Electric trucks for longer journeys are also in 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 already been ordered, six by DHL Parcel UK and two by DHL Freight. This will result in annual savings of nearly 600 tons of CO2 and almost 225,000 liters of diesel fuel for Deutsche Post DHL Group.

“We are committed to meeting growing customer demand for green and sustainable solutions and to achieving our long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050. As a logistics service provider, the conversion of our vehicle fleet is an important lever to help us avoid CO2 emissions on the road as well. Several of our divisions will thus benefit from this agreement with Volvo Trucks,” said Pablo Ciano, Executive Vice President for Corporate Development at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

An important factor in DHL’s decision to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles is due to the positive experience it has had using a Volvo electric truck in London since November 2020 – performing last mile deliveries in the West End shopping district. The vehicle was the first ever all-electric commercial heavy-duty truck used for city logistics in the UK.

“DHL is a leading global logistics service provider, committed to reducing its impact on climate change. Together we can make a difference for the better and I am proud that we will work in a spirit of partnership, aiming to achieve our science-based goals to reduce our climate impacts,” said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

The cooperation involves the adoption of new Volvo technologies and joint development activities in the field of electrification. The agreement also includes an analysis by Volvo Trucks of DHL’s transport operations, with the aim of ensuring the successful deployment of tailor-made electric transport solutions.

Volvo Trucks claimed to be the market leader in all-electric heavy-duty trucks in Europe, with a market share of 42% in 2021. Already in 2019, Volvo Trucks started mass production of electric trucks, as one of the very first truck brands in the world to le To do. The company has delivered electric trucks to a wide range of customers in Europe, North America and Australia.

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