The logistics specialist Dachser wants to deliver to the city centres of at least eleven European metropolitan regions without emissions by the end of 2022.
Dachser Emission-Free Delivery is currently already implemented in the German cities of Stuttgart, Freiburg, and Norway’s capital, Oslo. The company says that preparations are also underway in Berlin, Munich, Strasbourg, Paris, Prague, Copenhagen, Madrid and Porto.
Somewhat misleading is that Dachser does not understand this label to mean the entire urban area, but rather a “defined inner-city area, usually the city centre with pedestrian zones”. There, all consignments are then delivered emission-free as the company’s standard modus operandi. In Freiburg, for example, this is done with a Fuso eCanter, a StreetScooter and a delivery bike.
The fleets in the other cities will be structured similarly. The family-owned German company from the Allgäu region wants to select vehicles and transhipment warehouses from a modular system that is tailored to the respective local requirements. It is therefore not yet possible to make any statements about the fleets in the individual cities.
The principle is simple: the electric trucks supply the micro hubs close to the city centre with consignments or directly deliver larger goods that are not suitable for the cargo bikes. The cargo bikes are then loaded at the micro hubs and deliver the smaller consignments in the city centres.
According to Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer at Dachser, the expansion to eleven cities is “the prelude to a series of measures that we will implement in the coming years as part of our long-term climate protection strategy”. “We don’t want to go down this path alone, but rather work together with customers and partners who also want to actively shape the transformation of logistics towards low- and zero-emission technologies,” says Hohm.
The common sticking point for logistics companies is heavy-duty long-haul distances. Here the company has not yet pointed towards battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell trucks that will soon be entering international markets like Tesla’s Semi or Hyzon’s fuel cell long-haul trucks. Instead, the company says in a website statement that Dachser is working on implementing measures in regional and long-distance transport, which “includes further increasing process efficiency, for example through digital optimization tools or the increased use of mega trailers.” But not yet zero-emission long-haul vehicles, which – following the smaller commercial vehicles that have seen an increasing flurry of interest in the last 12 months – are likely to be next on the list of booming sales in zero-emission vehicles.
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