DB Schenker achieves 100% electric city logistics in Oslo

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo have launched a regular CO2-neutral freight connection from Europe to China.

DB Schenker has realised its goal of zero direct emissions in its Oslo city distribution network in Norway, by integrating the new Volvo FL Electric truck into its sustainable Oslo City Hub. The series-produced 16-ton truck has an electric drive and will enable DB Schenker to operate sustainable logistics in Oslo and beyond.

“We at DB Schenker are fully committed to continuously reducing our ecological footprint. We are determined to offer our customers greener and cleaner logistic solutions to support them in their sustainability goals. With the new Volvo FL Electric truck and with the support of Enova at our Oslo City Hub, we are now able to prove that emission-free operations are feasible in urban transport. We are proud to deliver best-in-class solutions to protect our environment and to contribute to the greater ambition of a climate-neutral society,” said Jochen Thewes, DB Schenker’s Chief Executive Officer.

With capacity for a gross vehicle weight of 16 tons, the Volvo FL electric will be used in DB Schenker’s city distribution in Oslo. Operating without any direct emissions and motor noise, it serves the rising demand for urban goods transportation while reducing environmental impact. Just like DB Schenker’s City Hub in Oslo, it will be powered foremost by renewable hydroelectric energy from Norway.

In total, DB Schenker has ordered 11 electrical trucks for city logistics in Oslo, which will replace diesel-powered trucks. Symbolically, the first of three Volvo FL Electric trucks feature a label saying “100% electric in Oslo”.

The Oslo City Hub was opened by DB Schenker in the centre of the Norwegian capital in May 2019. By the end of 2020, its city operations will run entirely without fossil fuels, using a total of 23 electric vehicles, including electric vans and bicycles. Every day, around 800 consignments in Oslo will be delivered using an electric vehicle.

Globally, DB Schenker remains committed to its target of reducing its specific greenhouse gas emissions by 40% until 2030, compared to 2006. The regional but successful proof of a sustainable urban logistics concept in Oslo is a major milestone towards this overall goal.

Source: DB Schenker