VTS Transport & Logistics from Boxmeer in The Netherlands recently signed an order for two Volvos FH Electric. The 4×2 tractors will be delivered by BAS Truck Center after the summer. The electric trucks are used for the sustainable distribution of medicines through the Netherlands, Belgium and the German Ruhr area.
“We want to make our services more sustainable and thus limit the burden on the environment to an absolute minimum. In addition, zero-emission zones have been announced. With these electric trucks we want to gain experience in using and driving battery electric trucks,” explains Joost Hafmans, director of VTS Transport & Logistics.
The electric Volvo FH 4×2 tractors are coupled to ‘new cool’ semi-trailers that cool completely electrically. The trucks are used by VTS for various multinationals in the pharmaceutical industry. The routes are also diverse. For example, the trucks will drive through the Netherlands, Belgium and the Ruhr area in Germany. “More and more of our clients require a sustainable commitment. Everything we do in the field of sustainability is very positively appreciated by our customers. Sustainability is an important criteria that plays a role in choosing the right partner. Now using electric trucks in addition to limiting fuel consumption, we show that we are also the right partner in the future,” says Joost Hafmans.
Charging is done at the main location in Boxmeer, where VTS has 5,000 solar panels. “The electricity from these panels is used for the daily work in the warehouse and offices. Our calculation shows that we can also use part of the electricity output to charge the electric trucks. In addition, we purchase as much green energy as possible to keep the impact of our activities on the climate as low as possible,” explains Joost Hafmans.
Source: Volvo Trucks Netherlands