Transport and logistics giant, DHL is undertaking a trial of a new hybrid vehicle two years since the start of the development project which could lead to significant cost savings and reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent.
The truck which is the first of its kind in the UK, was conceived by the DHL GoGreen engineering team and developed with hybrid specialist Magtec. It features an on-board power generator and an innovative ‘super capacitor’ energy storage system.
The vehicle is firstly being trialled in the company’s Maidstone facility, but if trials are successful it is destined for London depots where the stop-start nature of deliveries will ensure the greatest carbon reduction. It is projected it will eventually replace all DHL vehicles after the pilot proves successful in reducing costs for the company.
“This latest innovation underlines DHL Supply Chain’s commitment to sustainability and to driving better results for our customers. We always strive to improve our environmental performance and are proud to be at the forefront of green innovation in the logistics sector” commented Jonathan Chadburn, VP Commercial and Fleet Services at DHL Supply Chain.
The company has a 2020 target of 30 per cent CO2 reduction which it is already over halfway to achieving.
June 12th, 2013