Logistics giant Maersk has announced the intention to get 25 more Volvo FH electric trucks, to be used in Germany. Such an investment “highlights the company’s commitment to decarbonizing global logistics and to becoming a net-zero company by 2040 across all business areas and all modes of transport”, according to what the Danish company communicated.
The first two units are planned to be delivered by Volvo Trucks in Q4 2023, the last in Q1 2024. Maersk is currently also looking into setting up charging infrastructure with green electricity for the own e-truck fleet at its warehouses in Germany.
Maersk trusts Volvo electric trucks
Maersk will use the e-trucks for local deliveries in places like its large new warehouse in Duisburg which will be opened this summer and in the area Bremen/Bremerhaven, one of Maersk’s main gateway ports in Germany.
Besides the step in Germany, Maersk ordered 110 Volvo VNR electric trucks for North America a year ago, increasing its total commitment in the US to 126 Volvo trucks plus 300 e-trucks by its partner Einride. More e-truck initiatives by Maersk are ongoing in other countries. The project is funded with more than 4.3m Euros by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport in context of the federal funding program “Climate-friendly commercial vehicles and infrastructure (KsNI)”.
“Recognizing the pressing need to address the environmental impact of logistics, we are taking a bold step forward by ordering 25 advanced e-trucks”, declared Jens-Ole Krenzien, Maersk Managing Director North Europe Continent. “These cutting-edge vehicles, powered by renewable energy sources, hold immense potential in substantially curbing carbon emissions and further reducing Maersk’s carbon footprint. We see a rising demand from our customers for cleaner end-to-end transportation solutions with minimal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Equally important, the deployment of e-trucks is expected to alleviate noise emissions in the residential areas surrounding the warehouses where they will be operationalized”.