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DHL adds electric trucks to fleet


Logistics giant DHL Supply Chain has announced its decarbonisation strategy is continuing for its Australian transport fleet through a new addition of electric vehicles.

As part of the plans, DHL Supply Chain has welcomed two Terberg YT200EV electric yard tractors to its truck fleet, while its first SEA Electric light duty truck has been added to its last-mile fleet.

DHL Supply Chain says the SEA Electric addition highlights DHL’s support for Australian electric vehicle manufacturing.

The new tractors will work 24 hours per day, manoeuvring consumer product trailers into position at a customer site, with the units replacing two diesel-engine tractors and reducing emissions.

The tractors come equipped with a next generation, cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate battery and a 240kW traction motor that can tow up to 88 tonnes.

The SEA Electric 300-85 electric light duty truck uses a proven Japanese-built chassis and cabin that’s been assembled in Australia with a local electric driveline.

Coming after DHL announced its first Australian electric vehicle in the Volvo FL truck, senior vice president of transport Bill Rolfe says introducing these vehicles is an important step for DHL Supply Chain.

“Guided by the division’s Green Transport Policy, we are modernising our fleet within our supply chain and aiming for a better and cleaner way to do things,” Rolfe says.

“While we are committed to providing reliable services for our customers, we are monitoring the industry for sustainability breakthroughs and communicating with our global counterparts to identify and roll out the latest in proven green technologies.

“When it comes to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we understand that every gram of GHG emissions and every litre of fossil fuel burnt counts, so we’re acting accordingly.”

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