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DHL greens its trailers


DHL greens its trailers

Ian Kerr

Deutsche Post DHL is investing in a new fuel conservation technology: solar cells on its trailers.

The TRAILAR solution involves applying thin film, flexible solar matting to the roofs of rigid vehicles. The solar cells are connected to the vehicle battery or additional on-board batteries.

The solar energy is used to power tail lifts and other equipment such as air conditioning.

This reduces carbon emissions and, according to DHL, lowers fuel consumption by five percent. There is also a reduction in engine wear and tear.

"Our TRAILAR solution is a key contributor to our GoGreen program and takes us a big step forward towards our goal of becoming the zero-emissions logistics leader by 2050," - Thomas Ogilvie, Deutsche Post DHL Group board member for Human Resources and Corporate Incubations.

The technology was co-developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group and UK-based trailer manufacturer Don-Bur. After successful trials with DHL Supply Chain's fleet in the UK, TRAILAR will be running further tests with DHL's SmarTrucking initiative in India, with a view to adding it to its future fleet of vehicles.

Another environmentally friendly innovation from Deutsche Post DHL, to add to its StreetScooter, as DHL works towards its target of zero emissions by 2050.


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