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DHL Freight tests electric 7.5 tonners

DHL Freight has taken delivery of two FUSO eCanters made by Daimler for a 24-month test of the electric trucks in the Berlin metropolitan area. The 7.5-ton eCanter is the first all-electric, series-produced truck.

“By deploying the eCanter, we hope to reduce emissions from our forwarding business, as well as local air pollution emissions, which will in turn reduce our carbon footprint and that of our customers,” said chief executive Uwe Brinks.

In the coming months, the two all-electric trucks will be starting up at the Wustermark branch for local freight forwarding services in Berlin. They will be delivering less-than-container-load shipments weighing over 35 kg, such as electric or large home appliances, to private customers.

DHL Freight will be using the eCanter both for pick-up and delivery, with the aim of reducing pollution for first and last mile services in the road transport business.