DHL has taken delivery of its first new tractor units, part of a 700-truck order from Volvo that is the biggest ever UK purchase of its type, according to Supply Chain Digital.
The order includes 550 FH tractor units and is worth US $112-million.
The new vehicles meet the latest Euro-6 Step D fuel efficiency regulation, while providing comprehensive driver fuel efficiency aid packages, as well as the latest Volvo I-See predictive cruise control that utilises map-based technology.
“Today marks the next step in our commitment to reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050,” said José Nava, CEO DHL Supply Chain UK. “Despite uncertain economic conditions, customer demand remains strong so we are continuing to invest in our business and our people.”
“Our partnership with Volvo will deliver significant added value to both our customers and our drivers with the new vehicles improving our operational efficiency and reducing our carbon emissions as we support the development of our customers’ supply chains,” he added.
“Volvo Trucks are truly delighted to be the chosen supplier for DHL Supply Chain’s order of 700 new vehicles,” added Robert Grozdanovski, managing director, Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland.
“The order strengthens further our existing, effective strategic working partnership with DHL Supply Chain and is complemented by industry-leading levels of customer support from our dedicated key account management staff.”
The news follows a busy week for DHL following its decision to open its newest freight hub in the Airport Business Park in Langenhagen, Germany as well as the appointment of Hendrik Venter as the new CEO of DHL Supply Chain for mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa from the beginning of October.