Duvenbeck electrifies lorry transport at the ZF site in Saarbrücken

The haulage and logistics company Duvenbeck is converting its logistics for the Saarbrücken plant of supplier ZF to battery-powered electric lorries. Five new Volvo FH Electric tractor units are being used.

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The five new e-trucks from the fleet have been commuting between Plant 1 and the external warehouse Plant 4/DVZ, 15 kilometres away, since the end of November. On the outward journey, they transport series transmissions and components for further delivery to ZF customers. On the return journey to Plant 1, it is mainly empties that are on board. Duvenbeck is not replacing combustion engines with the electric quintet, but LNG-powered tractor units that have been running on the line since 2019. The company itself talks about “supporting the ZF technology group in its transformation to e-mobility”.

The fleet of FH Electric vehicles features three electric motors and six traction batteries with a total capacity of 540 kWh. These can be fully charged in just 2.5 hours with a theoretical DC charging capacity of 250 kW. However, Duvenbeck does not provide any information on the charging device used in Saarbrücken.

The Saarbrücken plant is one of ZF’s largest production sites. The supplier produces automatic transmissions for passenger cars there. “The plant is currently gearing up for the future production of drives for purely electrically powered vehicles,” says Duvenbeck. The logistics specialist has been responsible for part of the just-in-time production supply in ZF’s internal plant transport for four years.

“As part of our ‘On the Road to Vision Zero’ initiative – a world in which vehicles travel without emissions and without accidents – ZF has set itself ambitious goals. The new quintet of zero-emission trucks therefore fits perfectly into our climate strategy,” says Johannes Buchmann, Head of Freight Network and Purchasing Europe at the ZF Group.

“Our latest investment in emission-free electric trucks is a good example of how industry and logistics partners are making progress together in irreversibly transforming technology,” adds Bernd Reining, Head of Vehicle Fleet Manager at Duvenbeck. “And we’ll put exactly this message on display on the tarpaulins of our vehicles so that it’s clearly visible. Vision Zero is a goal that we’re seeking to fulfil in partner-like relations with our customers.”

The Duvenbeck Group employs a good 6,000 people at more than 33 locations in eight countries. Founded in 1932, the company describes itself as a full-service logistics provider in the areas of lead logistics, freight forwarding and contract logistics. Duvenbeck has its own fleet of 1,500 vehicles, “Duvenbeck has its own fleet of 1,500 vehicles and they are mainly used to serve wellknown customers in the industrial logistics sector, including the automobile, consumer goods, plastics and agricultural vehicle industries,” it says.



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