DHL Goes Green: First Class 8 Electric Trucks Hit U.S. Roads

DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics, marks a landmark shift toward clean trucking with the deployment of its first Class 8 electric trucks in North America. Currently operating two in California, with 11 more arriving soon across Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and California, these trucks represent a significant leap in decarbonizing the transportation sector, a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.

Impressive Capabilities:

  • Zero Tailpipe Emissions: EVs are zero-emission technology (ZET), saving an average 100 tons of CO2e annually compared to diesel trucks.
  • Energy Efficiency: DHL’s pilot showed a 50% energy reduction compared to diesel counterparts.
  • Extended Range: 250 miles on a single charge covers many regional routes.
  • Right-Sized Charging: Fast-charging technology and remote monitoring enable operational efficiency.
  • Powerful Performance: Superior horsepower and torque ensure seamless integration.
  • Improved Driver Satisfaction: Quieter, smoother operation reduces fatigue and increases driver preference.

Beyond Environmental Impact:

“Electric trucks are a strategic investment offering numerous advantages,” says Jim Monkmeyer, President of Transportation at DHL Supply Chain. “From improved efficiency and driver experience to reduced air and noise pollution, they are the future of transportation.”

Fueling Green Innovation:

DHL is an early adopter of EVs, with over 30,000 light- to-heavy duty EVs deployed worldwide. This experience translates to enhanced productivity and operational efficiency. In 2023, they added 60 EV yard trucks in North America and are phasing out LPG-powered equipment.

“We’re building a green technology ecosystem,” says Monkmeyer. “It’s not just a truck, it’s a system, a symbol of our commitment to a cleaner, more efficient, and more sustainable transportation landscape.”

Global Green Transport Policy:

This North American deployment aligns with DHL’s global Green Transport Policy, aiming to reduce carbon emissions according to their Sustainability Roadmap. Initial moves include transitioning 2,000 vehicles to greener alternatives and investing €200 million in fossil fuel alternatives over three years. These efforts are projected to reduce nearly 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to offsetting the emissions of 2,200 trucks driving daily for a year.

Final Note:

DHL’s pioneering efforts in electrifying their North American fleet and implementing their global Green Transport Policy demonstrate a clear commitment to sustainable transportation. This leadership sets a positive example for the industry and paves the way for a cleaner, greener future.


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