Electric trucks put DFDS on the road to sustainable supply chains in Sweden

Today, 3 March 2023, DFDS launches a new fleet of 20 electric trucks in Gothenburg, Sweden. The fleet in Gothenburg, which will grow with an additional 30 electric trucks, forms a significant portion of the 125 electric Volvo trucks which DFDS expects to be in service by the end of 2023. The introduction of electric trucks is an important step in the company’s transition towards greener transport solutions.

DFDS Volvo Electric truck

Investments in green solutions

With ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050, DFDS has committed to having 25% of its trucks being battery electric by 2030. As well as their record-breaking order of 125 electric vehicles from Volvo Trucks, DFDS is also investing in solar and wind energy production at their own sites to provide the energy needed for charging their new trucks on site, or by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits to ensure that the trucks run on green electricity and are a fully zero-emission solution.

Collaboration is the key to success

In 2021, DFDS and Volvo Trucks initiated a joint project for sustainable road transport. And, on the road to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, DFDS recognizes the need to collaborate, as Niklas Andersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Logistics Division at DFDS explains:

“Replacing our conventional, diesel trucks with alternatives like the Volvo Electric truck will have a significant impact on our carbon emissions. But it requires much more than financial investment. It’s important to collaborate with energy experts and industry leaders, like Volvo Trucks, to make our climate ambitions a reality. The transition requires the right infrastructure and cooperation across various areas of society. It cannot be achieved working alone.”

The heavy-duty Volvo FH and FM electric trucks can carry a maximum weight of 44 tons (Gross Combination Weight) and can travel up to 300-380 km when fully charged. The trucks will be used for short and long journeys in the DFDS supply chain and will meet the increasing demand among DFDS customers for sustainable transport.

“The need to accelerate the transition to fossil-free transport is becoming increasingly clear. Therefore, I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS and this important step that they take today in Gothenburg. Together, we are showing the world that electrified heavy truck transport is already a viable solution today,” says Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.

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