DHL begins operation of UK’s first electric 16-tonne truck

DHL Supply Chain has begun operating the UK’s first purpose-built fully electric 16-tonne vehicle in the UK.

The Volvo FL Electric 4×2 rigid is now part of the logistics company’s London fleet of trucks, making last minute deliveries in the West End.

The truck is powered by four 200 kWh batteries, which can run for 120 miles, and will recharge overnight at DHL’s Purfleet base for daily operations into the city centre.

Ian Clough, managing director of DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland’s Network Logistics and Transport, said: “As the market leader in contract logistics, and part of the world’s largest logistics group, we have a responsibility to reach for ambitious sustainability targets as we deliver best in class solutions for our customers.

“We are very proud and excited that our investment in the UK’s first operational fully-electric large commercial vehicle is just another example of how we are doing that.”

He added: “The Volvo FL Electric is the perfect solution to the challenges of urban logistics, allowing us to make deliveries in densely populated inner-city locations where air quality and noise pollution challenges are highest.”

Christian Coolsaet, managing director of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “Operating a Volvo FL Electric, particularly where it can be charged with electricity from renewable sources, is a powerful step towards more sustainable city distribution. 

“We are confident this new addition to DHL’s fleet will help to improve air quality and reduce traffic noise; and since it produces no tail-pipe exhaust emissions, it is perfect for operation within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone.”

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