DACHSER expands its fleet of zero-emission vehicles

The logistics provider will invest in battery-powered trucks and company cars as well as the necessary charging systems. Tests with hydrogen trucks are also underway.

The logistics provider DACHSER will intensify its use of zero-emission vehicles. Zero-emission vehicles are trucks and cars that directly produce no emissions of greenhouse gases or air pollutants. As a first step, the family-owned company will introduce at least 50 more battery-electric trucks on European roads by the end of 2023. DACHSER also plans to add around 1,000 electric passenger cars to its fleet of company vehicles and to service. In parallel, the company will pursue a series of pilot projects to develop and test hydrogen trucks equipped with fuel cell technology. DACHSER plans to have hydrogen vehicles from various manufacturers operating within its network by early 2023 at the latest.

“The only way for the transportation sector to achieve the global community’s long-term goal of net zero emissions is to use zero-emission vehicles. This is why these vehicles are a key part of our own climate protection strategy,” explains Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at DACHSER. “We will significantly expand our use of environmentally friendly vehicles in the coming years, which will give us valuable practical experience and also help us increase the number of units.”

Currently, DACHSER mainly uses battery-powered vehicles for urban deliveries within its groupage network. In Europe, the company has electrically assisted cargo bikes in its daily operations and especially electric vehicles with a GVW of up to 7.5 tons. There are still very few all-electric production vehicles available in the higher weight classes. At present, the only such vehicle that DACHSER has in operation is a preproduction model of the 19 metric ton Mercedes-Benz eActros in Baden-Württemberg’s capital, Stuttgart, as part of a partnership with innovation with Daimler.

Over the next two years, DACHSER will introduce at least 50 more zero-emission trucks, including battery-electric heavy-duty vehicles and tractor units from various manufacturers, either through direct purchase or in cooperation with transport partners.

“We are actively promoting the use of zero-emission vehicles in our European network in order to integrate them as efficiently as possible into our transport processes. These are investments in the future, which will pay off in the long term,” says Alexander Tonn, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Road Logistics at DACHSER. “This year, we will extend our use of zero-emission trucks to the areas of regional transport and, in particular, shuttles. We also intend to use battery-powered vehicles to move swap bodies and semi-trailers around our branches.

Electric company cars

DACHSER also plans to ensure that by the end of 2023, every second company car at its sites in Europe will be a battery electric vehicle. This represents approximately 1,000 passenger cars in total. Company car drivers and DACHSER agencies will be able to choose between different models from different manufacturers. As the all-electric vehicle does not yet offer the technical characteristics required for each type of user profile, this transition will be gradual. In addition, as delivery times are currently very long, short-term demand cannot be met at the moment. For the members of the DACHSER Executive Board, the switch to electric company cars will be completed in 2022.

New charging stations delivering green electricity
To support these measures, DACHSER will ensure adequate availability of charging stations in its branches. In addition, it is planned to create more than 40 fast charging stations for trucks, each with a charging power of 180 kW. All these charging stations must be supplied with green electricity, which will either be purchased or produced by the company’s own photovoltaic systems.

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