DHL Supply Chain is rolling out hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel across the majority of its on-site fuelling stations throughout the UK.
The mass use of the fuel by its fleet of trucks will enable DHL to assess operational processes and the performance of the fuel.
With installation scheduled for completion by the end of the year, DHL says that transitioning to HVO fuel will deliver 80-90% carbon savings compared to diesel, with an estimated 15,000 tonnes of CO2e savings expected to be delivered.
Four Volvo FM electric heavy duty tractor units were adopted by the delivery firm in March, replacing diesel vehicles for a range of activities.
The 40-tonne Volvo FM electric trucks are designed for high-capacity deliveries and feature Volvo’s largest 540kWh battery which provides 666hp.
They come with a range of up to 300km/180 miles, which DHL says will allow them to complete full round-trips servicing its retail and automotive customers across the UK.