Logistics provider Dachser has plans to invest in battery-powered trucks and company cars. Tests with hydrogen-powered trucks are also in the pipeline.
The family-owned business operates on a tight enough timeline. Dachser, in an initial step, intends to introduce at least 50 additional battery-electric trucks on European routes by the end of 2023.
Additional, because the company is already using battery-powered vehicles for urban deliveries, primarily it claims. The Emission-Free Delivery scheme is being implemented in eleven European cities throughout 2022. Dachser drivers use electric cargo bikes and electric vehicles weighing 7.5 metric tons.
Dachser says it will get at least 50 additional zero-emission trucks, including heavy-duty vehicles and truck tractors from a range of manufacturers, in the next two years and aims to either purchase these vehicles directly or cooperate with transport partners. These have yet to be listed.
He hints at the company’s strategy to work from hubs and regional centres, switching from large to smaller electric vehicles. “We’ll be expanding our use of zero-emission trucks to the areas of regional and, in particular, shuttle transports this year,” Tonn said. “We also intend to use battery-powered vehicles to move around swap bodies and semi-trailers at our branches.”
To secure the energy needs of the growing e-truck fleet, the company says it will create 40 fast-charging stations for trucks, each with a charging power of 180 kW.
All of these charge spots are to be supplied with renewable electricity, which will be either bought in or produced by the company’s own photovoltaic systems.