Dachser launches innovative emission-free delivery in Freiburg, Germany

Dachser has recently announced that combining a mix of all-electric vehicles such as Fuso eCanters, StreetScooters and cargo bikes, it will be making emission-free deliveries at the heart of the city of Freiburg in southwest Germany.

Taking transportation as a whole, this new service reduces CO2 emissions per shipment by 26 percent.

The company informed that in the city centre of Freiburg, it has designated the post code 79098 – which encompasses parts of the city’s Altstadt, Neuburg, and Oberau districts – as an emission-free delivery area. Effective immediately, B2B and B2C customers in this roughly 1.5 sq km zone will receive all their groupage shipments completely emission-free.

“We successfully introduced electrically-assisted cargo bikes two years ago, so this is now the next logical step in doing our part to improve the quality of the air and of life in Freiburg’s downtown.”

~ Michael Gaudlitz, General Manager of Dachser’s Freiburg logistics center

In line with the same, Dachser will immediately deploy a 7.5-ton all-electric FUSO eCanter, a light truck that will deliver goods either directly to customers or to the micro hub operated by partner VeloCARRIER / Roc-Ket Cargo Bikes, located close to downtown. There, smaller shipments are transferred to electrically assisted cargo bikes or StreetScooters for the delivery runs.

The company further informed that the charge point for the electric truck are located at Dachser’s branch in the Breisgau industrial park south of Freiburg, which–like all the logistics provider’s branches in Germany–purchases 100 percent hydroelectric power.

Taking transportation as a whole, this new service reduces CO2 emissions per shipment by 26 percent on average, particulates emissions by about 47 percent, and nitrogen oxide emissions by about 41 percent.

This new innovative city logistics concept is built on a modular toolbox for city-center deliveries. Dachser has been putting the concept into practice in downtown Stuttgart since 2018, and recently rolled out DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery in Oslo as well, the company informed.

“This is a promising beginning, but there is still a long road ahead of us–for a start, we have to resolve issues surrounding the availability of trucks with alternative powertrains,”

~ Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director Corporate Solutions, Research & Development and in charge of the City Distribution innovation project at Dachser.

Further with an optimistic approach he adds, “Over the next two years, we will be examining select European metropolitan regions to successively identify the hotspots in their city centers and implement the Dachser Emission-Free Delivery concept.”

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