Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Takes on More Electric Trucks for Urban Deliveries

Three More Battery Only Vehicles to Operate in Berlin
Shipping News Feature
GERMANY – Domestic product logistics specialist Rhenus Home Delivery has just received three new FUSO eCanter electric trucks to be deployed on the company’s specialist daily transport services, delivering items to end users’ homes, and the vehicles were to be seen immediately working on the streets of Berlin. Rhenus was one of four European companies selected last year to test the new electrically powered trucks from the Daimler Group. All the test vehicles are being operated by freight companies in an urban environment, the other trucks going to DHL, DB Schenker and Dachser.

The latest vehicles, delivered to the Rhenus facilities in Berlin and Brandenburg, are part of ongoing environmental trials which started for Rhenus originally seven years ago, and were handed over by Christoph Fitz, Head of Sales and Marketing at FUSO Europe to Ronny Sassen, Managing Director of Rhenus Home Delivery, who said:

“The special thing about these trucks is that they are completely electric and therefore particularly eco-friendly. The Rhenus Group is one of only four European companies that are being allowed to test the new vehicles from the Daimler Group for a period of two years. We’re hugely excited to be part of this venture and are looking forward to putting the trucks to the test.”

As with many in the industry, the German freight forwarding group is taking the question of the environment, particularly with regard to emissions, very seriously, and the latest vehicles are one of the third generation of the world’s first light trucks that are purely operated by battery power. By using the three test vehicles, Rhenus says it will be able to save 137 tonnes of direct CO2 emissions over a period of two years in comparison with conventional trucks, whilst still offering a competitive payload. Nicolas Rottmann, Managing Director of Rhenus Home Delivery, explained the company’s commitment, saying:

“We were the first German company to test a hybrid truck from the Mercedes-Benz innovation fleet in 2011 and, since then, we’ve introduced more eco-friendly measures within our business unit. We’ve initiated paperless deliveries, for example, erected solar panels and installed energy-saving LED lamps at our warehouses. We’re now continuing our sustainable corporate philosophy with the fully electric FUSO eCanter vehicles. Using them in the Berlin urban area makes sense, as the journeys between our central warehouse in Hoppegarten and our end customers in the city centre are short.”