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DHL adds new EVs to fleet

EVs fleet Australia

DHL Supply Chain (DHL) is continuing the decarbonisation of its Australian transport fleet by introducing additional new electric vehicles (EVs).

The company has added two Terberg YT200EV electric yard tractors to its truck fleet and is supporting Australian electric vehicle manufacturing with the introduction of its first SEA Electric light duty truck to its last-mile fleet.

“Guided by the division’s Green Transport Policy, we are modernising our fleet within our supply chain and aiming for a better and cleaner way to do things,” says DHL Supply Chain Senior Vice President of Transport, Bill Rolfe.

“While we are committed to providing reliable services for our customers, we are monitoring the industry for sustainability breakthroughs and communicating with our global counterparts to identify and roll out the latest in proven green technologies.”

DHL’s Terberg tractors will work 24 hours per day, manoeuvring consumer product trailers into position at a customer site. The units replace two diesel-engine tractors, reducing C0₂ emissions from trailer towing at this site.

The Terberg YT200EV is equipped with a Next Generation, cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery and a 240kW traction motor capable of towing up to 88 tonnes. They also cost significantly less to run than the units they replaced.

The SEA Electric 300-85 EV light duty truck uses a proven Japanese-built chassis and cabin, assembled in Australia with an Australian-designed electric driveline.

For simple maintenance, SEA Electric’s simple inboard mounted battery design requires no thermal cooling. It produces no tailpipe emissions while providing a 200-kilometre range.

These fleet updates have come soon after DHL announced its first Australian EV, the Volvo FL truck.

The ongoing deployment of these vehicles in Australia aligns with DHL’s global Environmental and Energy Policy, a strategic step towards decarbonising transport solutions and achieving significant reductions in GHG emissions, in accordance with the Group’s Sustainability Roadmap.

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