Teardrop Trailer and more: Deutsche Post DHL expands its green vehicle fleet
The aerodynamic form of this teardrop-shaped trailer featuring a curved roof reduces air resistance, cutting fuel consumption by up to 6%-10%.
Deutsche Post DHL further expands its fleet of about 11,500 vehicles with alternative drive systems and aerodynamic modifications. The Group adds one so-called Teardrop Trailer - the first operating in and from mainland Europe - for use throughout Germany and France as part of its logistics solutions for its customer Airbus. The aerodynamic form of this teardrop-shaped trailer featuring a curved roof reduces air resistance, cutting fuel consumption by up to 6%-10% compared to regular heavy-load trucks. By adding to its green fleet, Deutsche Post DHL not only acts on its environmental responsibility, but due to a decreased fuel use it saves costs per tour.
In the UK, DHL already deploys more than 1.100 Teardrop trailers, which have been further developed and modified over the years. The new trailer is designed specifically for use in mainland Europe to meet European legislation requirements. It has a tailor-made load solution of 10t to accommodate the specific transport needs of Airbus and a general payload of up to 40t. The maximum four meter vehicle height is in line with European legislation. For heavy load transport the Group uses hybrid engines, dual-fuel trucks and Teardrop Trailers.
Deutsche Post DHL has been involved in many other alternative drive system projects over the years, including hybrid engines, electric vehicles, both natural gas and biogas vehicles, as well as dual-fuel and aerodynamic modifications. Electric and hybrid vehicles are especially suited for driving in stop-and-go city delivery. In mid-2013, for instance, Deutsche Post DHL began transforming Bonn, where the Group is headquartered, into Germany's first city with a carbon-free vehicle concept for mail and parcel delivery. And of course bicycles are the main delivery tool in Germany: about 17,000 are part of the German fleet.
In cooperation with StreetScooter GmbH and RWTH Aachen University Deutsche Post DHL also developed an innovative electric car that is specifically designed for mail and parcel delivery: the StreetScooter. It is able to handle 200 stops and starts per day and is in service up to 300 days a year. Operation started juts last year and by now about 50 of these vehicles are on the roads throughout Germany. The body of the vehicle, which is around 4.6 meters long, provides sufficient cargo capacity. With a range of up to 120 km (maximum of 80 km in stop-and-go mail delivery service), the StreetScooter is ideal for joint delivery - i.e. the delivery of both mail and parcels.