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DHL testing electric trucks in Berlin


DHL testing electric trucks in Berlin

Ian Kerr

DHL is one of the first companies to start testing the FUSO eCanter in Europe, with six 7.5-ton eCanters to be tested in the Berlin metropolitan area over two years.

This follows the announcement in September that UPS would start using eCanters.

Two of the new electric trucks will be used by DHL Freight for B2B and B2C deliveries in the city centre, delivering less-than-container-load shipments weighing over 35 kg, such as electric or large home appliances, to private customers. DHL Freight will use the eCanter both for pick-up and delivery.

DHL Paket will use four vehicles for delivering goods to businesses and corporate clients. The electric trucks will replace current vehicles with conventional drivetrains.

The aim of the test is to gain more information about the use of e-trucks for company deliveries.

"The use of alternative drives, such as those built into the all-electric FUSO eCanter, plays an important role in reaching our Group-wide goal of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050." - Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight.

Deutsche Post DHL Group has committed to make 70% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions, such as electric vehicles. This is part of its overall commitment to reduce net logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050.

The all-electric FUSO eCanter has a range of about 100 km and a maximum commercial payload of 3.5 tons. The maximum speed of the eCanter – like with any other vehicle of its weight class – is limited to 80 kmh.

Other companies testing electric trucks

DB Schenker will take on three FUSO eCanters, one of which will be operating in central Berlin.

"Using the new eCanter is the next logical step to further our already existing eco-friendly solutions in overland transport, so that we can reach our goal to reduce the CO2-balance of our entire logistics operations around 30 percent.” - Ewald Kaiser, COO DB Schenker AG

Logistics company Rhenus Group will deploy three FUSO eCanters in its home delivery unit, delivering furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and heavy sport equipment to the inner city of Berlin.

Transport company  Dachser will test two FUSO eCanters in last mile delivery. The trucks will deliver pallets to micro-hubs and directly to the customer. Dachser eCanters will recharge overnight using a high-voltage loading station.

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