DHL Express, Ford and electric vehicle maker StreetScooter have announced their collaboration on a new electric delivery vehicle. The new “H2 Panel Van” will become the first 4.25 tonne electric vehicle with an added fuel cell, which will provide additional power and enable a range up to 500 kilometres.
In a first step, DHL Express has ordered 100 of the fuel cell vehicles, with delivery expected from 2020 through 2021.
For Markus Reckling, CEO DHL Express Germany, the new van fits in to the Group’s larger environmental goals. “With the H2 Panel Van, DHL Express becomes the first express provider to use a larger number of electric vehicles with fuel cells for last-mile logistics. This underscores our aspiration to be not only the fastest and most reliable provider on the market, but also the most climate friendly,” he says.
“We firmly believe that fuel cells will play an increasing role in electric-powered transport, since they can give battery electric vehicles the kind of range that is so important for so many customers,” says Schmitt. “With the Panel Van, StreetScooter begins yet another chapter in its proud history of innovation and enters into a new growth phase,” Fabian Schmitt, Chief Technical Officer at StreetScooter GmbH said.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II).
DHL Group has increased both revenue and operating profit in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the prior-year period. The company generated revenue of EUR 15.4 billion between January and March, an increase of 4.1 per cent on the previous year. Operating profit (EBIT) was up 28.1 per cent to EUR 1.2 billion. In particular, the earnings contributions from the DHL divisions were again encouraging – while the surge in earnings was driven by non-recurring income from completing the Supply Chain partnership with S.F. Holding in China initiated at the end of 2018. Previously announced restructuring costs at Supply Chain and in the new eCommerce Solutions division slowed EBIT growth. “The first quarter played out as we expected. We achieved growth in all five divisions. This shows that we are very well positioned in attractive markets and that our fundamental growth drivers are intact. E-commerce continues to boom all over the world and although some momentum has been lost, global trade is still on the rise, just as we expected for 2019. We are therefore on track towards our target of generating more than EUR 5 billion in EBIT in the coming year,” Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group said.
The Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) has submitted a subsidy policy for environmentally friendly trucks, which has been published in the Federal Gazette at the beginning of June. Both battery-powered and fuel cell-powered electric vehicles are eligible, as long as they are intended for goods transport. In addition, their gross vehicle weight must be at least 7.5 tonnes. The subsidies amount to € 12,000 (approx. AUD 19,000) for e-trucks up to 12 tonnes and € 40,000 for e-trucks over 12 tonnes. Grants are limited to € 500,000 per company. In 2018, € 10 million will be available within the program. Initial applications can be submitted in July. Trucks on the road are often 10+ years old, which means that most of those we see on the road do not yet comply with the newest emissions regulations. Even environmentally aware countries, like Germany, still have a negligible proportion of electric trucks and vans on its roads, while other places, like Italy, have a sizeable proportion of delivery vans powered by natural gas, which is less pollutant than diesel, but still a source of GHG. Technology consulting company IDTechEx has recently published a new market report on electric trucks and vans titled “Electric Trucks and Delivery Vans 2018-2028”, which outlines all the main innovations being carried out in this space, as well as push and pull factors like growing diesel bans and lowering total cost of ownership for electric commercial vehicles. In an upcoming free webinar, senior analyst Dr Lorenzo Grande will give an overview on the opportunities and challenges related to the goods transportation industry, and how stakeholders can contribute to fleet electrification.
DHL Parcel and Volkswagen are launching a joint pilot project in Berlin in which Volkswagen will deploy 50 VW Polos to be used as mobile addresses for the delivery of their DHL parcels. The project partners have worked in recent months to develop and test a solution for in-car delivery. The vehicles are fitted with the required equipment for in-car delivery, called ‘We Deliver’ by Volkswagen. To use the new service, customers need to register with DHL Parcel and enter their trunk as the delivery location in their customer profile. “Since we’ve already tested car drop delivery successfully in other projects in Germany and continue to offer it for Smart drivers, we’re pleased to win Volkswagen as another partner – our partnership allows us to offer this attractive service to an even broader target group,” says Achim Dünnwald, CEO, DHL Parcel. “As an innovation leader in the parcel sector, our objective at DHL Parcel is to be able to offer in-car delivery as an option to as many recipients as possible in Germany, offering personalised processes to make the sending and receiving parcels even easier for our customers.” The VW Polo driver will be notified via email about the delivery process and receive a delivery notice when a parcel has been delivered to the vehicle’s trunk. During the ordering process in an online shop, the driver can specify a two-hour time slot between 10am and 9pm during which DHL will deliver the parcel. For delivery, the vehicle will need to be parked in a place accessible to the parcel courier. Possible delivery sites include the office parking lot, a park-and-ride facility, or any other address at which the vehicle is located during the time slot specified during the order. The DHL parcel courier receives the delivery location information from the DHL Delivery app, which provides vehicle’s exact position via GPS. The app also issues a single-use, time-limited code to access the vehicle. In combination with the customer-specific car ID, which the recipient receives from Volkswagen and provides as part of the delivery address, the courier can open the vehicle’s trunk. Once the courier closes the trunk, the access code is cancelled. Not only can the VW Polo drivers receive parcels, they can also leave returns in the trunk to be picked up.
German logistics specialist the Rhenus Group signed an agreement to purchase Australian freight forwarding company O’Brien Customs and Forwarding Pty Ltd on 16 June, as part of its expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. The Melbourne-headquartered O’Brien family business handles air and sea freight consignments and provides customs and warehouse services. It was initially founded as a customs clearance firm in 1996 and has been offering air and sea freight transportation in addition to customs services for seven years. The Rhenus Group is planning to expand the firm’s current operations in future with its network and its services, including domestic traffic, support for imports/exports, buyers’ consolidation as well as warehouse and integrated logistics solutions. “The takeover of O’Brien and the founding of the national company to be known as Rhenus Logistics Australia enable us to cover the whole of Australia with our services,” said Jan Harnisch, COO, Ocean Freight – Asia, Rhenus. “As a result of the acquisition, we’re gaining experienced employees with local expertise for the global operations of the Air & Ocean business unit at Rhenus Freight Logistics too.”
DHL Express is currently trialling delivery by ‘cargo bicycle’ in the German city of Frankfurt and in Utrecht in the Netherlands, as reported by German newspaper The Local. The cargo trailer–pulling bicycles which were first unveiled by the delivery company in April 2015 finally made it to active service this week. The so-called ‘City Hub’ trailer carries up to four containers – up to 90 packages and 125kg, DHL said at the time, and replaces up to two delivery vans – saving more than 16 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The city hub is a customised trailer that carries up to four containers for the logistics company’s ‘Cubicycle’ cargo bicycle. The pilot scheme will see DHL vans transporting the trailers into the city centres where they will be loaded into bicycles for last-mile delivery. After delivery, the trailers can be filled for outbound delivery – with drivers expected to cycle up to 50km per day. “DHL Express has already replaced up to 60% of inner-city vehicle routes in some European countries with cargo bicycles, and we expect that the City Hub and Cubicycle will both help us to accelerate this approach in other markets over the next three to five years,” said John Pearson, CEO, DHL Express Europe. “Bicycles offer a number of advantages in express delivery operations: they can bypass traffic congestion and make up to two times as many stops per hour than a delivery vehicle. “The total cost of ownership over their lifetime is less than half of a van. And crucially, they generate zero emissions, which reinforces our own ongoing program to minimize our environmental footprint and supports city governments’ efforts to promote sustainable city living.”
WiseTech Global, a logistics software group founded in Sydney with offices in Australia, China, New Zealands, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States, has recently acquired znet group, a provider of customs solutions across Germany. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Wiesbaden, znet provides automated customs solutions to over 500 customers including Abbott, Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey, Nippon Express and UPS. “WiseTech and znet possess a shared commitment to provision of high productivity logistics execution solutions to the German-speaking and broader European markets.” said WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White. “We welcome the znet team to the WiseTech Global family and will work together to deliver even better solutions for customers.” znet CEO Werner Tholl added, “At znet, we have a long track-record of innovation, having worked extensively on the development of automated customs system with ATLAS connection and pioneered mobile customs handling in Germany. Now as part of the WiseTech Global group we will be able to accelerate our innovation and provide more powerful and extensive capabilities for customers.” Remaining under the leadership of CEO and former customs officer Tholl, znet operations will be integrated within the WiseTech group. znet will continue to deliver its zara, zafir and zecur products in Germany and all customers will be able to access WiseTech’s CargoWise One global logistics execution platform.
A mere three months after announcing their intention to introduce a digital freight platform, DHL Group has launched CILLOX, a virtual marketplace that matches full truckload (FTL), part truckload (PTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments with available transportation providers. The platform is now available for management of freight travelling within Germany or from Germany to destinations in Europe. Amadou Diallo, Executive Vice President Value Added Services & Integrated Logistics at DHL Global Forwarding and CEO CILLOX said, “Our main objective is to make the platform as convenient as possible in order to simplify our customer’s lives and we will continuously evolve the platform according to user needs and feedback.” According to DHL, CILLOX connects companies with freight shipping needs with transport providers for their particular cargo – without time-consuming negotiations and difficult comparisons of prices and services. “Shippers get immediate access to pricing information based on their shipment characteristics, availability of trucks and last-booked rates,” the company said. “This enables a better comparison and booking of incoming quotes from transport providers. CILLOX offers the freedom of choice of a marketplace, as shippers choose and book the transport provider that best fits their requirements yet enjoy a single point of contact with CILLOX as their contract partner.” For transport providers, CILLOX provides a platform to present their company’s assets and capabilities to a large audience of shippers so they can find suitable loads to optimise the utilisation of their trucks. “A dynamic transport quote calculator – derived from a continuously growing real-time database combined with analysis of substantial transacted data collected over the years – will assist transport companies to make competitive quotes for each shipment and help them succeed in winning the loads they need,” the company said. CILLOX also provides a single interface for tracking, documentation and payment processes, and shippers are able to track fulfilment progress and receive real-time notifications via their personalised dashboard in case of delays. The CILLOX driver mobile application matches the GPS position of trucks to the pick-up and delivery addresses of their routes, and reminds drivers to confirm crucial milestones or to document issues. A document scanner integrated into the driver application allows drivers to scan and submit delivery documents with their mobile phone cameras, accelerating payment to transport providers to a matter of days. While DHL has expressed an intention to roll the platform out over other geographical areas, there is no word as yet on when CILLOX will arrive in Australia.
Mining manufacturer Liebherr Group says it has constructed the world’s tallest conventional crawler crane, standing at a height of almost 250 metres.
According to the company, the crawler crane’s main mast stands at 120 metres, while the luffing jib stands at 126 metres. It stood at 248 metres when it was first set up in July.
Liebherr also said it can lift a load of up to 624 tonnes with a single heave. This is the same as lifting around 600 small cars.
A company spokesman said 400 tonnes of slewing platform ballast and 1,500 tonnes of derrick ballast were placed on the machine on a special foundation.
To put the crawler together in this particular way, the main boom was steadily lifted with the help of the derrick winch.
The luffing jib was slanted down and the roller cart was let go. Then the hook block was then reeved in on a two-line basis, Sourceable reports. This was followed by the boom system being elevated into place.
This weighed 700 tonnes.
Once in place, the crane lifted a twin-axle LTM 1030-2.1, 24 tonne mobile crane.
Leading representatives of companies from Australia’s Newcastle region and from the University of Newcastle recently visited Terex Material Handling at its production location in Wetter, Germany. Newcastle is a coal mining and manufacturing region 160km north of Sydney.
The high-ranking Australian business delegation gathered detailed information about successful German business models, gaining insights into the predominant conditions influencing Germany as a business location and, at the same time, learning about best practice examples from production.
Terex Corporation is one of the world’s leading suppliers of crane technology with Demag industrial cranes and crane components.
Dr Lars Brzoska, Vice President & Managing Director of Terex Material Handling underlined the importance of ‘Safety first’ in his presentation of the company and the Demag product world.
He explained that with the incorporation of the Material Handling business group into the Terex Corporation, the theme of product safety and occupational health and safety has gained further weight and is now even more firmly anchored in their corporate philosophy.
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