from left to right: Christian Todt, Branch Manager DHL Freight Menden/Hagen, Wolfgang Schwarz, Area Manager West DHL Freight, Dr. Thomas Vogel, CEO DACH, UK & IE DHL Freight, Raffaela Jung, Inbound logistics Network planning at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Oliver Berger, Manager Network strategie and sustainabilit Inbound logistics at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, , Klaus-Uwe Festtag, Branch Manager DHL Freight Koblenz

Introduction of eActros 300 trucks marks a step in DHL Freight’s sustainability strategy

Bonn, Germany- In a significant move towards sustainable logistics, DHL Freight has announced this Tuesday that it has introduced the first fully electric tractor-trailers from Mercedes-Benz Trucks into its operations. Starting April 2024, the eActros 300 models are now active at DHL’s Koblenz and Hagen sites in Germany, representing a pioneering shift in the company’s approach to delivery and distribution transport.

  • Deployment Details: The eActros 300 stationed in Hagen is designated for round trips between the DHL branch and the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kassel. The second vehicle operates in the Koblenz area, focusing on carbon-free deliveries.
  • Vehicle Specifications: Each eActros 300 tractor-trailer is equipped with two electric engines, offering a peak output of 400 kW. With a total capacity to carry up to 19 metric tons, these trucks are designed to cover a range of approximately 220 kilometers on a single charge.
  • Charging Efficiency: The advanced battery technology allows for a recharge from 20% to 80% capacity within roughly one hour and 15 minutes, utilizing a charging power of up to 160 kW.

DHL Freight aims to convert 60% of its delivery vehicles to electric power and to ensure that over 30% of the total fuel used across the DHL Group comes from sustainable sources. This transition is a key component of DHL’s broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote eco-friendly logistics solutions.

Industry Impact and Future Plans:
This initiative by DHL Freight not only underscores the logistics sector’s potential in leading environmental change but also sets a precedent for other companies to follow. With ongoing technological advancements and increasing regulatory support for sustainable practices, the logistics industry is well-positioned to undergo significant transformations in the coming years.

By integrating these state-of-the-art electric trucks into its fleet, DHL Freight not only moves closer to achieving its sustainability goals but also contributes to the overall reduction of carbon emissions in the logistics sector, paving the way for a cleaner, greener future in road freight transport.

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