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GEODIS partners with Volvo Australia on electric truck freight pilot

Volvo Australia will work with GEODIS to trial fully electric trucks for freight forwarding operations down under

Global transport and logistics company GEODIS has partnered with Volvo Australia to pilot the first fully electric variant truck for freight forwarding within the Australian market.

The strategic partnership will deploy Volvo’s FE model trucks – powered by both solar energy and energy-efficient charging systems – as part of a concerted effort to support long-term customers with sustainable delivery solutions to complement existing freight forwarding services across the local market.

The Volvo FE truck is powered by ABB’s state-of-the-art charging infrastructure, which not only accelerates charging but also enables the vehicle to draw power from existing solar infrastructure.

As part of the pilot program, GEODIS will be assessing factors, including the driving range and the suitability for heavy loads of up to 7,500 kilograms to be transported across 200-kilometre ranges within metropolitan areas via fully electric trucks before committing to a larger-scale roll-out across its fleet in Australia.

The full integration of these trucks into GEODIS’s Australian fleet is set to completely remove fine particles and nitrogen oxide, in addition to ensuring a 95 per cent reduction in direct carbon emissions, compared to existing diesel vehicles performing the same function.

“We are thrilled to be working with GEODIS on this pilot program to extend our Volvo FE fleet within the Australian heavy vehicle market,” Volvo Group Australia electromobility manager Tim Camilleri says.  

“Bringing low-carbon and more circular transport solutions has always been a key priority for us and this strategic partnership is one of the many steps that we are taking to build a more energy-efficient transport ecosystem for the market.

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“By developing lower-emissions and safer transport solutions, we hope to be able to provide our customers and their stakeholders the ability to also reach their sustainability targets.”

As part of a long-term plan to decarbonise the supply chain, GEODIS has also built an ecosystem to ensure future fully electric trucks can be fully optimized across its road network.

With the support of Volvo Australia’s e-mobility team, GEODIS has upskilled its drivers with electric-vehicle training and designed holistic route and load planning processes to get the most efficient use of the assets.

Partners like Goodman Group were also brought on board to install solar panels and charging infrastructure across GEODIS’s facilities, paving the way for the further electrification of the GEODIS fleet.

“We recognise the growing importance of integrating both sustainable and innovative solutions into the supply chain ecosystem, especially as more of our customers look to us to transport their cargo in an ethical and sustainable manner,” GEODIS sub-regional managing director Stuart Asplet says.

“This initiative serves not only as a testament to our long-standing relationship with Volvo but also to our collective vision to decarbonise the supply chain industry, even as we continue to expand our services to meet evolving customer needs. We look forward to formalising many more of such milestones as we continue to take steps forward to reduce our impact on the environment.”

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