Dachser to make deliveries using electric trucks
The German logistics provider, Dachser, is the launch customer of Daimler’s all-electric FUSO eCanter light commercial vehicle.
The company will be operating two of the trucks as of Spring next year within the city centres of Berlin and Stuttgart.
“These trucks are part of our City Distribution project and expand our innovative and sustainable concept for city-center deliveries,” explained Stefan Hohm, Dachser;s Corporate Director of Corporate Solutions, Research & Development.
The project seeks to combined tried and true logistics models with new ideas, with the ultimate aim of providing the basis robust development of sustainable business models.
According the German firm, depending on the city’s requirements, the local branch can implement custom solutions selected from a modular toolbox.
This partly requires finding the correct combination of vehicles for downtown deliveries.
“We went for the FUSO eCanter because it’s the first all-electric truck to enter full-scale production, and so it will add momentum to this entire class of commercial vehicle,” Hohm added.
Subject to the design and purpose, the electric truck can offer a range of 100km whilst loading a capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes.
The electric powertrain comprises six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, each one with 420V and 13.8kWh.
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The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
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In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
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