DHL debuts UK’s first all-electric HGV

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DHL has begun operating what it claims is the first purpose-built fully-electric 16-tonne vehicle in the UK.

The Volvo FL Electric 4×2 rigid is now part of DHL Supply Chain’s fleet in London, making last-mile deliveries into the West End shopping district.

The vehicle is powered by four 200kWh batteries, which can run for 120 miles, carrying a maximum of 12 pallets and weighing up to six tonnes.

The Volvo FL Electric 4×2 rigid is now part of DHL Supply Chain’s fleet in London

It will recharge overnight at DHL’s base in Purfleet for daily operations into the city centre. As well as being a zero-emission vehicle, the Volvo FL Electric 4×2 will also be 3-star compliant to the London Direct Vision Standard.

Ian Clough, managing director, network logistics and transport, UK and Ireland, DHL Supply Chain, said: “The Volvo FL Electric is the perfect solution to the challenges of urban logistics, allowing us to make deliveries in densely populated inner-city locations where air quality and noise pollution challenges are highest.”

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