Long-term investment: Dachser starts transformation of its truck fleet
German logistics provider Dachser is moving further towards its long-term goal. The company plans to revolutionise its truck fleet by adding battery- and hydrogen-powered vehicles. It will also establish a network of fast-charging stations for zero-emission trucks.
Initially, Dachser will introduce at least 50 battery-electric trucks on European routes by the end of 2023. Therefore, it is planning to purchase heavy-duty vehicles (up to 7.5 tonnes) and tractor units from a range of manufacturers in the next two years. “We’ll be expanding our use of zero-emission trucks to the areas of regional and, in particular, shuttle transports this year. We also intend to use battery-powered vehicles to move around swap bodies and semi-trailers at our branches,” said Alexander Tonn, Dachser’s COO for road logistics. In addition to electric trucks, the company to acquire hydrogen-powered vehicles and introduce them on its network road haulage network no later than the beginning of 2023.
Within the fleet transformation, Dachser will ensure adequate availability of charge spots at its branches. There are plans to create over 40 fast-charging stations for trucks, each with a charging power of 180 kilowatts. All of these charge spots are to be supplied with green electricity, which will be either bought in or produced by the company’s own photovoltaic systems. “We’re actively promoting the use of zero-emission vehicles in our European network with a view to incorporating them as effectively as possible in our transportation processes. These are investments in the future, which will pay off in the long-term,” added Alexander Tonn.