Formula 1 and its Official Logistics Partner, DHL, have announced the introduction of biofueled trucks for the European races of the 2023 season.
DHL’s fleet of Biofuel trucks consists of 18 new vehicles that run on HVO100 drop-in fuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil). These trucks will cover approximately 10,600 kilometers during the European campaign, providing a more sustainable and environmentally friendly means of transportation.
Equipped with GPS technology to monitor fuel consumption and optimise efficient routes, these biofueled trucks maintain the same load capacity and travel distance as their diesel counterparts while significantly reducing carbon emissions.
The collaboration between Formula 1 and DHL in employing biofueled trucks represents the latest effort by the sport to adopt sustainable logistical solutions. This aligns with Formula 1’s commitment to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The introduction of biofuels follows a series of other sustainability initiatives, such as transitioning to remote broadcast operations, exploring multimodal transport options like overland and ocean freight, and redesigning freight containers to fit onto more fuel-efficient aircraft.
Furthermore, Formula 1 is actively working towards the introduction of an advanced sustainable fuel in 2026, alongside the development of the next-generation hybrid engine.
“Together we are continually looking for more sustainable solutions, and through innovations such as the biofueled trucks, we’re able to take the next step forward in reducing our carbon emissions and achieving our sustainability goal of being Net Zero by 2030. It is wonderful to see partners like DHL share the same drive and commitment to creating a more sustainable Formula 1.” said Ellen Jones, Head of ESG at Formula 1.
Arjan Sissing, Head of Global Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group, noted “Our partnership with Formula 1 also showcases our shared dedication to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. We consistently strive to make logistics more sustainable, and we are excited to introduce the inaugural fleet of trucks, running on a sustainable fuel this year. As an industry leader in green logistics, the 18 trucks further contribute to a lower emission DHL fleet, where we show our fans and customers that it is possible to bring the excitement of Formula 1 races around the world in a sustainable way.”
“Each truck can transport up to 40 tons and travel up to 3,500 kilometers per 1,000-liter tank. For the European F1 leg, the trucks run entirely on HVO100, which is a second-generation biofuel, meeting the standard EN15940 for paraffin fuels, as well as a drop-in fuel.” communicated Paul Fowler, Head of DHL Motorsport Logistics.