DHL to deliver parcels across Europe by Volvo electric trucks
Deutsche Post DHL Group, Europe’s largest postal operator, has decided to speed up the transformation of its truck fleet. To this end, it will deploy more than 40 battery-powered heavy-goods vehicles on its European routes in the coming years. The electric trucks will be supplied by Volvo Trucks to several divisions of the postal operator.
Deutsche Post DHL Group has been using a Volvo-made electric for the parcel delivery in London since November 2020. It is the very first fully electric commercial heavy truck used for urban logistics in the United Kingdom. In the coming years, the postal operator will significantly increase the number of battery-powered lorries in its fleet. Therefore, it has ordered 44 new electric vehicles from Volvo Trucks. This is in line with DHL’s sustainable strategy that is aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
The concluded agreement between DHL and Volvo Trucks consists of two parts, a firm order for eight vehicles and an option for 36 vehicles. “Several of our divisions will thus benefit from this agreement with Volvo Trucks,” said Pablo Ciano, executive vice president for corporate development at Deutsche Post DHL Group. According to him, the eight ordered trucks will be used by DHL Parcel UK (six units) and DHL Freight (two units). In total, the Swedish manufacturer will supply the vehicles of three models: 40 lorries of the Volvo FE and Volvo FL series for package deliveries in urban transports, as well as four lorries of the Volvo FM Electric series for regional hauling.