DHL Supply Chain in Australia has launched its first electric truck.

The EV’s introduction at the Western Sydney supply chain facility begins DHL Supply Chain’s efforts in Australia to achieve the group’s target of 60% electric vehicles in its last-mile fleet by 2030.

The medium-duty Volvo FL has second-generation battery packs that provide an increase in range over the previous range of FL electric.

DHL Supply Chain CEO Steve Thompsett said the company was pleased to take delivery of the Volvo FL in Australia.

“Globally, DHL Supply Chain has a strong understanding of the climate crisis and a head-start in reducing the environmental impact of its operations,” Mr Thompsett said.

“Updating our fleet to zero emissions vehicles is a priority in Australia and it combines well with the measures we’re taking to reduce our carbon footprint across our operations.

“The breadth of DHL Supply Chain’s global footprint means that our company has already trialled and rolled out Volvo’s electric truck offerings in Europe, meaning that we could forgo an Australian trial and go straight to investing in these climate-benefitting vehicles.”

DHL Supply Chain senior vice president of transport Bill Rolfe said the company’s launch of the Volvo FL Electric is in line with the company’s aim of continual improvement.

“The addition of Volvo FL electric trucks is a simple way for us to transition to battery-electric technology, with a useful driving range, proven reliability and an intuitive driving experience that will resonate with our staff,” Mr Rolfe said.

And Volvo Trucks vice president Gary Bone said he was pleased to see DHL Supply Chain take delivery of the vehicle.

“As well as being nimble, safe and a comfortable place for DHL Supply Chain staff to work, the Volvo FL delivers tangible benefits to the climate, as well as everybody who lives and works in the areas in which they operate,” he said.

“Drivers feedback on these trucks is overwhelmingly positive in terms of comfort and ergonomics and reduced fatigue levels.

“We can’t wait to see more of them in DHL livery.”

The Volvo FL combines a 600-volt motor with a two-speed transmission to deliver a 5500-kilogram payload.

A regenerative braking system and transmission tops up the FL’s batteries every time it decelerates.

The vehicle is fitted with a tautliner van body capable of carrying eight full-sized pallets.