DHL forges ahead with its emissions reduction goals launching four BYD Class 8 battery-electric trucks in the United States. DHL will pilot the trucks in the Los Angeles market, just in time for the peak holiday shipping season.
The electric trucks are manufactured by BYD Motors and built with long-lasting and safe battery technology. The batteries are capable of running the truck all day on a single charge. The trucks are equipped with a comfortable air-ride cab and air suspension. They also have more than enough power and torque to operate at 82,000 lbs combined weight. DHL will use the trucks to haul goods to and from the DHL LAX Gateway and local service center facilities.
“The introduction of these efficient electric trucks is a huge step forward, not only toward achieving our own clean transport goals, but also California’s ambitious goals on the adoption of zero-emission vehicles,” says Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express US. “By implementing these electric trucks, we will prevent more than 300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere per year as we continue to grow and enhance our clean pick-up and delivery solutions.”
The new trucks enhance the company’s already robust alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fleet in the US. This includes fully electric, hybrid-electric, and clean diesel—in addition to low-power electric-assist e-Cargo Cycles.
“As a global leader in logistics and express services, DHL has proved that they’re serious about their commitment to transition to zero-emission trucking,” says John Gerra, senior director of business development at BYD Motors. “DHL is doing more than just talking about it; they’re actually putting BYD electric trucks into commercial service today.”
Additionally, DHL Express has 72 all-electric battery-powered vans on order from multiple vendors, which will support DHL pickup and delivery operations throughout California and New York.
In 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group, DHL Express’ parent company, sought to reduce logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050. Climate protection and sustainability are important for the future direction of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s business. It’s also a core element of its Strategy 2025.
Find out more about the DHL Mission 2050, visit www.en.byd.com.