German logistics provider, Dachser, is investing in battery-powered trucks, electric vehicles and charging systems.
The family-owned business expects to introduce 50 additional battery electric trucks on European routes by the end of 2023. It is also planning to add around 1,000 electric passenger cars to its fleet of company and service vehicles.
Other projects in the pipeline include the development and testing of hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles equipped with fuel cell technology.
By the beginning of 2023, Dachser plans to operate hydrogen-powered vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.
“The only way for the transportation sector to meet the global community’s long-term goal of net zero emissions is by using zero-emission vehicles,” said Dachser Chief Development Officer, Stefan Hohm.
“That’s why such vehicles form a key plank of our own climate protection strategy.
“We’re going to significantly expand our use of environmentally friendly vehicles in the coming years, which will give us valuable practical experience and also help us increase the number of units.”
Dachser Chief Operations Officer Road Logistics, Alexander Tonn, said the business is actively promoting the use of zero-emission vehicles in its European network with a view to incorporate them as effectively as possible.
“We’ll be expanding our use of zero-emission trucks to the areas of regional, and, in particular, shuttle transports this year.
“We also intend to use battey-powered vehicles to move around swap bodies and semi-trailers at our branches.”
Dachser will ensure adequate charging points at its facilities to support these measures. There are also plans to create 40 fast charging stations for trucks, each with a charging power of 180 kW. The company said all of these charge points are to be supplied with green electricity which will be purchased or sourced by the company’s solar PV systems.