DHL Deploys Electric Tractor-Trailer Vehicles
DHL is forging ahead with its
emissions reduction and climate protection goals with the launch of four
BYD Class 8 battery-electric trucks in the United States. DHL is
piloting the trucks in the Los Angeles market, just in time for the peak
holiday shipping season.
The electric trucks are manufactured
by BYD Motors, and built with long-lasting and safe battery technology,
capable of running all day on a single charge. Equipped with a
comfortable air-ride cab and air suspension, the trucks have more than
enough power and torque to operate at 82,000 lbs. combined weight. DHL
plans to use the new trucks in the Los Angeles market, to haul goods to
and from the DHL LAX Gateway and local service center facilities.
"The introduction of these efficient electric trucks is a huge step
forward, not only toward achieving our own clean transport goals, but
also California's ambitious goals on the adoption of zero-emission
vehicles," said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. "By implementing
these electric trucks, we will prevent more than 300 metric tons of
greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere per year, as we
continue to grow and enhance our clean pick-up and delivery solutions.
The new trucks enhance the company's already robust alternative fuel
vehicle (AFV) fleet in the U.S., which includes fully electric,
hybrid-electric, and clean diesel – in addition to low-power
electric-assist e-Cargo Cycles.
a global leader in logistics and express services, DHL has proved that
they're serious about their commitment to transition to zero-emission
trucking," said John Gerra, Sr. Director of Business Development at BYD
Motors. "DHL is doing more than just talking about it; they're actually
putting BYD electric trucks into commercial service, today."
In addition, DHL Express has 72 all-electric battery-powered vans on
order from multiple vendors, which will support DHL pickup and delivery
operations throughout California and New York.
In March 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group, the parent company of DHL
Express, registered a significant first for the logistics industry by
setting an ambitious goal of reducing its logistics-related emissions to
net zero by 2050. Climate protection and sustainability are particularly
important for the future direction of Deutsche Post DHL Group's
business, and a core element of its Strategy 2025.