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DHL Freight invests in Iveco’s LPG-powered Stralis trucks

LBR Staff Writer Published 19 June 2018

DHL Freight has invested in Iveco’s liquefied natural gas (LPG) powered Stralis trucks, as part of its efforts to add environmentally friendly transport to its long-haul road freight.

The company has purchased four heavy-duty and long-haul trucks from Iveco in Belgium.

With a driving range of up to 1,500km, the LPG-powered truck can carry a tractor and trailer with a weight of up to 40 tons.

DHL said the trucks will be employed to create a sustainable transport solution for one of the world's largest developers and sellers of athletic footwear and sportswear.

The purchase is part of DHL’s group strategy to reduce all logistics-related emissions net to zero by 2050.

Stralis trucks will help DHL Freight to expand its current service offering for the global sporting-goods manufacturer, which is working on reducing the environmental footprint by focusing on energy, chemistry, water and waste in its entire supply chain.

DHL Freight CEO Uwe Brinkss said: "As an excellent long-haul alternative to diesel, natural gas provides a great opportunity for DHL Freight to become front runner in sustainable road freight shipping.

"It offers the chance to reduce greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions, in addition to benefits such as noise reduction and cost savings. With IVECO's natural gas powered trucks, we can now provide customers with additional options for environmentally friendly long-distance transport and further contribute to DHL's GoGreen environmental goals."

The use of LPG decreases particulate matter emissions by 99% and nitrogen dioxide by 96% compared to diesel.

As part of its sustainability measures, DHL Freight also recently purchased two all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks for shorter distances around Berlin in Germany.

The company is also using emissions-reducing strategies such as truck superstructures to save fuel.

Since 2014, DHL Freight has been using the teardrop trailer in its transport operations in Germany, France and the Benelux countries.

Image: The Iveco’s LPG-powered Stralis trucks. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.