DHL Express, an international express shipping service provider, is installing solar panels on trucks in its pickup and delivery fleet in the United States. The goal of this solar installation is to reduce fuel consumption in markets across the country, according to a statement from the company.
Equipping 67 medium and heavy-duty DHL Express trucks with Trailar solar technology is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,000 kg per year for each vehicle, according to DHL, while reducing fuel and maintenance costs.
The solar system generates electricity from sunlight and will be used to charge the battery and power tailgates and other auxiliary equipment. DHL shared that this reduces the load on the alternator and therefore fuel consumption.
“We aim to improve people’s lives where they live and work, by using cleaner pick-up and delivery solutions, such as electric vehicles and cargo cycles, and now increasing our fleet of trucks with this solution. innovative solar system,” said the CEO of DHL Express US. Greg Hewitt. “This is another strategic step in our drive towards decarbonization and, over time, reducing all logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050.”
An integrated telematics system provides detailed information on overall system efficiency via web-based reports, including battery status, auxiliary equipment load, overall fuel and C02 savings, etc
With continuous battery management via the Trailar smart charge controller, solar power is used to maintain battery levels at the most optimal level, even when the vehicle is turned off. This constant battery care and reduced alternator wear has a direct impact on reducing overall vehicle maintenance costs, according to DHL.
Originally posted on Work Truck Online