DHL seeks to cut emissions by deploying solar panels on EV fleet

A total of 67 medium and heavy-duty trucks will be equipped with solar technology, which is expected to cut carbon emissions by 1,000kg per year for each vehicle

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DHL Express is installing solar panels on its trucks within its US pickup and delivery fleet to help reduce carbon emissions.

A total of 67 medium and heavy-duty trucks will be equipped with TRAILAR solar technology, which is expected to cut carbon emissions by 1,000kg per year for each vehicle, whilst also lowering both fuel and maintenance costs.

An integrated telematics system will provide detailed information on the efficiency of the entire system through web-based reporting, including battery health, charging and overall fuel and CO2 savings, among others.

DHL Group has implemented the solar solution within many of its fleet operations at business units that operate in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The latest announcement follows its commitment last year to invest a total of €7 billion (£5.8bn) over the next 10 years in projects that help reduce its carbon emissions.

Greg Hewitt, DHL Express US CEO said: “We’re aiming to improve the lives of people where they live and work, using cleaner pickup and delivery solutions – such as electric vehicles and cargo cycles and now augmenting our truck fleet with this innovative solar solution.

“This is another strategic step in our drive forward to decarbonisation and over time reducing all logistics related emissions to net zero by 2050.”