McElvaney Motors

McElvaney Motors


Less noise, less disruption, less emission. That is what electrified roads have for the heavy transport industry, as DHL joins the potential of e-roads and takes delivery of a pantograph-equipped truck.  While battery electric vehicles are Scania’s main technology to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system, we continue to explore other technologies. One of them is e-roads.

Scania rolls out the last two of 22 pantograph-equipped trucks in the final delivery of an ongoing trial on electrified road systems (ERS) in Germany. The final two vehicles, the third-generation ERS trucks, now complete the 20 trucks already operating in the trials. DHL is a new customer to operate the third-generation ERS truck based on the pHEV and BEV platforms.
DHL E Road

“We want to further reduce our emissions and are naturally ready to test new technologies for those purposes. Thus, we engage in research projects for the further decarbonisation of heavy load traffic,” says Ingo Kutsch, Head of Deutsche Post and DHL Kiel branch.

In November 2023, DHL took delivery of the truck after signing an agreement to lease the truck until December 2024. The truck will commute between Reinfeld and Lübeck and will reportedly cover more than 80 km every day transporting letters and parcels to three different distribution centres in Hamburg and Lübeck. DHL joins other major organisations like Merck, Contargo, and Meyer Logistics in the exclusive project involving ERS technology.