DHL Supply Chain to Double Electric Truck Fleet - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  January 10, 2024

DHL Supply Chain to Double Electric Truck Fleet

DHL Supply Chain, a part of DHL Group, plans to double their current electric yard truck fleet, ultimately deploying 100 Orange EV emission-free trucks.

The company began purchasing from Orange EV, a heavy-duty electric truck manufacturer, in October 2015; Orange EV electric yard trucks are now deployed to more than 30 DHL Supply Chain sites across the country.

The company committed to both phasing out diesel yard trucks by 2025 and reducing its logistics-related GHG emissions to net zero by 2050.

DHL Supply Chain estimates that operating 50 electric yard trucks in lieu of diesel eliminates more than 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

"We cannot ignore the impact our operations have on the environment as a logistics company and therefore we are committed to implementing more sustainable approaches to doing business," said Stephan Schablinski, VP, GoGreen, DHL Supply Chain in a statement. "Through partnerships with companies like Orange EV we have been able to develop innovative solutions that reimagine the industry of logistics and take us closer to a green future.”

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, was the first customer of DHL Supply Chain to have EV yard trucks in operation at their warehouse facilities. The trucks, nicknamed Sparky I and Sparky II, have individually accumulated more than 24,000 hours and 17,000 hours of usage while still using their originally installed battery packs.

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