Thursday, December 16, 2021

All Electric HGV Claims First Cross Border Movement Between EU Countries

Round Trip to Prove Viability of New Generation Heavy Trucks
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – BELGIUM – A trial shipment to test the viability of all electric heavy duty trucks has just been completed with Berlin headquartered digital freight forwarder sennder partnering with US corporation Cabot to ship a 17+ tonne consignment between Rotterdam and Antwerp.

The trial proved that, with suitable infrastructure, such vehicles could make a valid contribution to relatively short transports. The pilot project was conducted to test the long-term capabilities of 40+ tonne electric trucks. BREYTNER, an operator of zero-emission electric trucks, in association with Hn Post & Zonen, their joint venture partner, provided the heavy duty vehicle, which has a maximum gross vehicle weight of 50 tonnes and a battery range of 150 kilometres.

During the trial the round trip covering a distance of more than 300 kilometres saw the truck operating entirely on electricity, with one charge taking place on the way to the destination and another when returning to base. Each charge took approximately an hour and twenty minutes and occurred in the Netherlands, a country with one of the densest charging networks in the world. Graham Major-Ex, head of green business at sennder, commented:

“Delivering our first zero emissions heavy duty electric transport is an accomplishment for our teams to be proud of. sennder is committed to giving shippers the best low-carbon transportation options in the industry, both advanced fuels and zero-emissions electric vehicles will play key roles in this. As a forwarder, it is vital that we work with partners such as Cabot and BREYTNER, with whom we can build a green future together. Some doubted whether fully loaded 40+ tonne trucks could travel highway distances on just electricity, we have proven that this is not only possible but something deliverable today.”

As a digital freight forwarder, sennder connects commercial shippers, like Cabot, with carriers like BREYTNER. With shippers such as Cabot increasingly striving for low-carbon transportation solutions, the industry is reaching a turning point. Furthermore, with shippers and governments committing to net zero by 2040 or 2050 with sizable emissions reductions by 2030, the industry needs options for sustainable transportation.

Cabot recently announced its ambition to achieve net zero emissions globally by 2050. In support of the transition to a lower carbon economy, the company is engaging with suppliers that offer carbon offsets and sustainable solutions that minimise the impact on the environment. sennder and Cabot say they will engage in discussions about how the two parties can work together to increase the utilisation of low and zero-carbon European transports. François Zehr, global logistics director at Cabot, concluded:

"As we advance in our ongoing commitment to further our sustainability agenda, we see great potential to help drive toward our net zero ambitions by transforming our transportation fleet to electric and other low carbon vehicles. Collaborating with our suppliers will be an integral part in reducing the overall impact of our value chain. We are proud to partner with sennder and BREYTNER on this electric truck pilot as we progress toward increasing low and carbon free transportation and enable a more sustainable future."