HHLA deploys new electric trucks in Hamburg

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HHLA deploys new electric trucks

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has put the first two electrically powered trucks into operation at its in-house freight forwarder Container-Transport-Dienst GmbH (CTD).

These environmentally friendly trucks are part of HHLA’s sustainability strategy, which seeks to accelerate the decarbonisation of logistics chains and provide customers with more green transport solutions.

CTD will initially be using the new electric trucks for container transfers in the Port of Hamburg and subjecting them to extensive testing.

As part of these tests, data will be gathered to provide HHLA with important insights for potential purchases of further e-trucks. In particular, this includes data on the efficient use of the trucks in the Port of Hamburg and the execution of charging cycles.

The Volvo FH electric trucks, which were recently named Truck of the Year 2024, are characterised by their high quality and reliability as commercial vehicles in logistics transport, according to HHLA.

They also boast a long-range, enabling them to cover a distance of 260 to 340 kilometres when fully loaded. The trucks are fitted with a 540-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery and a maximum charge capacity of 250 kilowatts (kW). Initially, they will be charged using the public charging infrastructure. 

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Angela Titzrath, CEO of HHLA, said: “Environmentally friendly, resource-saving processes and logistics services represent a key pillar of our corporate strategy, which has been firmly established for many years.

“We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of achieving climate-neutral production across the Group by 2040. In this quest, we are committed to using innovative technologies to further reduce carbon emissions, which also benefits our customers.

“The launch of the new electric trucks is another decisive step for HHLA on the road to a more climate-friendly future.”

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Ralph Frankenstein, Managing Director of CTD, said: “We are looking forward to extensively testing the two electric trucks, thereby enabling us to offer our customers green transport solutions.

“As such, we are making a significant contribution to sustainable logistics in the year of our 50th anniversary.”

Just recently, Airobotics Ltd. (Airobotics) and HHLA Sky GmbH (HHLA Sky), a subsidiary of HHLA, formed a strategic cooperation to provide drone services to secure and assist terminal operations in Germany.

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