Deutsche Post DHL further expands its fleet of about 11,500 vehicles with alternative drive systems and aerodynamic modifications. The company has introduced two so-called Teardrop trailers as well as one LNG-Truck for the first time in Belgium.
The vehicles will be operated by DHL partner Ninatrans. The aerodynamic form of the teardrop-shaped trailers featuring a curved roof reduces air resistance, cutting fuel consumption by 5 to 10 percent compared to regular heavy-load trucks. The LNG-Truck, which runs on natural gas, in addition supports the green transport solution. By adding to its green fleet, Deutsche Post DHL not only acts on its environmental responsibility but also benefits from decreased fuel use. The teardrop trailers, built by Don-Bur, and the LNG-truck, built by Iveco, will contribute to the continuous efforts of both DHL and Ninatrans to reduce CO2 emissions.
This approach is also in line with Deutsche Post DHL’s overall strategy, called “Strategy 2020″. One aspect is the continuous emphasis on green business solutions and carbon efficiency improvement. The Group pursues the overall aim to improve CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2020.
Deutsche Post DHL has been involved in many alternative drive system projects over the years, including hybrid engines, electric vehicles, both natural gas and biogas vehicles, as well as dual-fuel and aerodynamic modifications. Most recently, Deutsche Post DHL acquired StreetScooter GmbH, a developer of tailor-made electric vehicles.