DHL Group has placed an order for a large fleet of electric trucks from Volvo as part of its efforts to reduce emissions.
Volvo Trucks will deliver a total of 44 new electric trucks which will be used by DHL for package deliveries on routes across Europe.
It will initially start using Volvo trucks for regional hauling, starting with four electric trucks in the UK.
The first trucks have already been ordered – six by DHL Parcel UK and two by DHL Freight – which are expected to result in annual savings of nearly 600 tons of carbon and nearly 225,000 litres of diesel fuel.
The order follows the use of an electric Volvo truck in London since November 2020, which has been making last-mile deliveries into the West End shopping district.
Pablo Ciano, Executive Vice President for Corporate Development at Deutsche Post DHL Group said: “We are committed to meet growing customer demand for green and sustainable solutions and achieve our long term goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
“As a logistics service provider, the conversion of our vehicle fleet is an important lever to help us avoid CO2 emissions on the road as well. Several of our divisions will thus benefit from this agreement with Volvo Trucks.”