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COPENHAGEN: DFDS has ordered 100 44-ton capacity, electric-powered trucks from Volvo for delivery in 2022 and 2023. The manufacturer is providing the financing for what it says is its largest order of the type.

The logistics company says it is part of a plan to reduce emissions 45 percent by 2030 as the 300-kilometre range trucks replace conventional diesel-powered equipment. “We're determined to become carbon neutral and offer a sustainable supply chain for our customers across Europe and Turkey,” noted DFDS EVP and head of Logistics Niklas Andersson.

“This is a major milestone in our commitment to fossil-free transportation and I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS,” added Roger Alm, president Volvo Trucks. “I believe this will encourage many more customers to confidently take the first step in their own electrification journey,”

Last month DFDS was part of a call to action by 150 maritime organisations for governments to enable carbon-free shipping by 2050 and make zero emissions the default choice by 2030.

“Our customers are looking to us to decarbonise their supply chain emissions,” declared Global Maritime Forum Senior Communications advisor, Sofie Rud. “The industry is taking concrete actions. This includes investing in RD&D and pilot projects, ordering and building vessels operated carbon neutrally, buying zero emission shipping services, investing in the production of net-zero emission fuels, investing in port and bunkering infrastructure, and assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of shipping-related activities,” she continued.
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