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DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks join forces to speed up transition to fossil free road transport on longer distances

GA?TEBORG, Sweden, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- DHL Freight, one of the leading road freight providers in Europe, and Volvo Trucks have partnered to speed up the introduction of heavy duty electric trucks to be used for regional transport in Europe. The combined effort marks another important step towards climate neutral transport solutions.So far, the main use of electric trucks has been for shorter distances within cities and urban areas. Now DHL FreightA and Volvo TrucksA have initiated a project focusing on longer distance heavy transports. The cooperation includes exclusive, worldwide first pilot tests of a fully electric Volvo FH truck with gross combination weights up to 60 tons. Starting in March, the truck will operate between two DHL Freight logistics terminals in Sweden, a distance of approximately 150 km. During the trial, Volvo and DHL will gain important experience and information regarding the setup and operation of an adequate charging infrastructure. The collected insights will help to optimize the right balance between operated distance, load weight and charging points in daily road freight operations.DHL is actively working, along with Volvo Trucks, on the reduction of their ecological footprint, with sustainability being an integral part of the company's strategy. "Our aim is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero. Important milestones have already been achieved in meeting this: compared to 2007, our Group's CO2 efficiency has improved by 35%. However, we need innovative technological solutions and strong partnerships along this journey. I'm confident that our strong cooperation with Volvo Trucks, one of the major truck brands in the world, will support us in achieving our ambitious environmental goals in the road freight sector," says Uwe Brinks, CEO at DHL Freight.Volvo Trucks is driving the necessary shift towards fossil free transports by making the transition to electrificationA as seamless and efficient as possible. This is done by considering every aspect of the eco-system for electrification, including charging, route planning, vehicles, service and other support.
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