Incoming vehicles all meet the latest Euro-6 Step D fuel efficiency regulation, as set by EU legislation, while offering driver fuel efficiency aid packages and the latest Volvo I-See predictive cruise control that utilises map-based technology.
José Nava, CEO at DHL Supply Chain UKI, said: “Today marks the next step in our commitment to reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050.
“Despite uncertain economic conditions, customer demand remains strong so we are continuing to invest in our business and our people.
“Our partnership with Volvo will deliver significant added value to both our customers and our drivers with the new vehicles improving our operational efficiency and reducing our carbon emissions as we support the development of our customers’ supply chains.”
After a trial period, DHL agreed to work with Volvo on a permanent basis.
Its commitment to deliver its service throughout the life of the fleet, including digital support, account management, driver support and vehicle reviews, were some of the benefits that led to the strategic partnership.
Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland managing director, Robert Grozdanovski, said: “Volvo Trucks are truly delighted to be the chosen supplier for DHL Supply Chain’s order of 700 new vehicles.
“The order strengthens further our existing, effective strategic working partnership with DHL Supply Chain and is complemented by industry-leading levels of customer support from our dedicated key account management staff.
“Volvo’s latest Euro 6 Step D fuel-efficient engines, combined with I-See and a driver support package will help maximise the new trucks’ fuel consumption and efficiency levels, thus contributing towards the sustainable future planned by DHL Supply Chain.”
The company invested £90 million in its UK fleet last month, and will see its fleet expand significantly with the Volvo partnership.