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DHL Supply Chain orders ten Tesla Electric Class 8 semi trucks

LBR Staff Writer Published 30 November 2017

Contract logistics services provider DHL Supply Chain has placed an order for ten Tesla Electric Class 8 semi trucks.

Tesla electric trucks, which will be available in 2019, will be tested at DHL's customer operations in major metro cities of the US.

DHL will use the trucks for shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries.

The company will also trial the vehicles for mileage efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the country.

DHL also intends to assess the trucks' impact on drivers' quality of life and job satisfaction.

The shortage in drivers is expected to rise from 48,000 in 2015 to almost 100,000 in 2020, as per the American Trucking Association.

DHL Supply Chain North America transportation president Jim Monkmeyer said: "At DHL Supply Chain, we're always thinking beyond today's shipment - whether that be thinking about tomorrow, next month or two years from now when these trucks become available.

"This is a revolutionary approach to trucking, and we want to be a part of it for our customers, for our employees and for our industry."

The company has launched GoGreen program to decrease all logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050. Its e-mobility initiative is also part of an environmental protection project.

DHL already operates electric fleet in Germany, including 5,000 StreetScooter e-vehicles and around 10,500 e-bikes and e-trikes.

Image: DHL to test Tesla electric trucks in US major metro cities. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.