Kuehne+Nagel, a global leader in transport and logistics services, has taken a step towards a more sustainable future with the delivery of 23 Renault Trucks electric vehicles. The vehicles will be used for road transport services in France and will help Kuehne+Nagel achieve its science-based targets for carbon neutrality.

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To mark the occasion, Xavier Léger, Managing Director of Road Logistics at Kuehne+Nagel France, welcomed Christophe Martin, Managing Director of Renault Trucks France, to the Villefranche-sur-Saône courier site for a handover ceremony.

Kuehne+Nagel has announced its intention to increase the number of electric vehicles it operates to meet its 2030 CO2 reduction targets. This step prepares the company for the ban on the most polluting vehicles entering French cities. Kuehne+Nagel’s commitment to electrifying its road fleet reflects the company’s extensive groupage network of 56 agencies throughout France, which has many short and medium distance routes that can be covered by electric vehicles.

Although there are still technological challenges to achieving the low-carbon transition of long-distance transport, Kuehne+Nagel is taking action and already uses around 60 trucks running on hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO). These transition technologies are already cutting carbon emissions from road transport by up to 83%, according to the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).

Renault Trucks, the leader in electric mobility in France, has embarked on a transformation of its entire business and offering, in particular by electrifying all its vehicle ranges. The manufacturer is pursuing its goal of achieving 50% of its volumes with fully electric vehicles by 2030. From 2040, Renault Trucks will only sell fossil-free trucks.

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The 23 Renault Trucks E-Tech D vehicles delivered to Kuehne+Nagel have a loading capacity of 18 or 21 pallets and are fitted with five 66kWh battery packs for a range of 235km on a single charge at the end of the vehicle’s life. These electric trucks, which will be assigned to eight Kuehne+Nagel sites in France, are set to travel an average of 180km per day, enabling the haulier to reduce its CO2 emissions by 730 tonnes per year. For increased safety of drivers and road users, Kuehne+Nagel has chosen to equip each electric truck with two cameras and four sensors.

With the introduction of these all-electric vehicles manufactured in France, Kuehne+Nagel will be able to continue its operations with the same range and payload, and access city centres regardless of the restrictions or regulations in force, without any direct CO2 emissions or noise pollution.