Kuehne + Nagel switches to EVs in India

Logistics company, Kuehne + Nagel, launched an Electric Vehicle (EV) service for airport transfers in Mumbai, India, earlier this month.

With this service, Kuehne + Nagel aims to switch to EVs in a phased manner to reduce its carbon footprint and progress towards a sustainable future and Greener India.

The Indian-made electric vehicle ‘Mahindra Treo Zor’ will shuttle air cargo between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and Kuehne + Nagel’s Mumbai Airport warehouse. The use of the EVs is expected to result in a reduction of 24.7 tonnes vehicular CO2 emissions each year, thus reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint.

“As an environmentally and socially responsible organisation, Kuehne+Nagel is proud to use EVs in India for its airport transfers to offer green logistics solutions and reduce carbon emissions,” said Kuehne + Nagel SVP, Global Head Products & Services Air Logistics, Marcel Fujike.

“Our customers have benefited from the global availability of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) since last year, and we continue to develop sustainable solutions for a fully carbon neutral transport journey. The introduction of EV airport transfer is the next phase in our transition to low-carbon, door-to-door air transportation, with more sustainable services to follow.”

The transportation of goods is a major contributor to carbon emissions according to Kuehne + Nagel Managing Director – India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Coen Van Der Maarel.

“Fully electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, but even when electricity production is taken into account, petrol or diesel vehicles emit almost three times more carbon dioxide than the average EV,” he said.

“Using EVs will not only reduce carbon footprint but will also offer substantial operating cost savings over comparable, conventional, gasoline-fuelled vehicles, allowing us to contribute significantly to the sustainability cause.”

Kuehne + Nagel’s initiative of introducing electric vehicles in India is aligned with the company’s global sustainability goals. The company is taking several initiatives globally to create a sustainable future and reduce its environmental footprint.

In other news, Kuehne + Nagel is set to organise the heavy-lift logistics and module transportation for the hydro processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) biofuels Shell project in the Netherlands.

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