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DHL Freight, Volvo Trucks To Speed Up Introduction Of Heavy Duty Electric Trucks In Europe

AB Volvo (VOLVY.PK, VOLVF.PK), on Tuesday, announced that DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks have partnered to speed up the introduction of heavy duty electric trucks to be used for regional transport in Europe.

The company noted that DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks have initiated a project focusing on longer distance heavy transports. The cooperation includes pilot tests of a fully electric Volvo FH truck with gross combination weights up to 60 tons. Starting in March, the truck would operate between two DHL Freight logistics terminals in Sweden, a distance of about 150 km, the company said.

The DHL-Volvo project would start in the first quarter of 2021, and is part of REEL, an initiative run by Sweden's innovation agency Vinnova to promote the transition to an electrified freight transport system. The route is between the cities of Gothenburg and Jönköping in Sweden, which is a distance of 150 km one way, and charging would be done at DHL in Jönköping and the Volvo Truck Center in Gothenburg.

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