DHL Supply Chain has announced the introduction of the UK’s first fully electric Volvo heavy-duty tractor units. The four Volvo FM electric trucks are designed for high-capacity deliveries operating at 40 tonnes and directly replace diesel vehicles on a range of activities. Featuring Volvo’s largest 540kWh battery which provides 666hp, the zero-emissions trucks have a range of up to 300km/180 miles, allowing them to complete full round-trips servicing DHL’s retail and automotive customers across the UK.
This investment in industry-leading vehicles is part of DHL’s commitment to ensuring its fleet is best in class and offers the highest levels of service to its supply chain customers, as well as reflecting DHL’s own ambitious Go Green agenda.
Saul Resnick, CEO DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain, said: “Today marks an important milestone in our journey towards alternative fuel vehicles. The size and capability of these trucks make them a truly viable alternative to diesel as they fully meet our needs and those of our customers. Following our introduction of the UK’s first 16-tonne rigid electric truck in late 2020, we’re proud to continue to lead the way in electric commercial transport.”
The new trucks share the same controls and latest safety features seen on conventional diesel Volvo FM vehicles, making the transition for drivers as safe and easy as possible. Early feedback from drivers has been extremely positive, especially with regard to acceleration and hill performance.
The introduction of these electric trucks is a significant step forward in the transportation industry’s push towards sustainability. By replacing diesel vehicles with electric ones, companies like DHL Supply Chain are reducing their carbon footprint and improving air quality.
Moreover, the demand for sustainable transportation is growing rapidly, and electric trucks are becoming an increasingly attractive option for companies that are looking to reduce their environmental impact. Electric trucks have lower emissions, lower maintenance costs, and lower operating costs in the long run, making them a smart investment for companies that prioritize sustainability.
As more companies like DHL Supply Chain invest in electric trucks, the transportation industry will become more sustainable and have a smaller environmental impact. This is a significant step forward in the fight against climate change, and it is inspiring to see companies take bold steps towards a more sustainable future.