Tuesday 27th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

TNT picks electric vans for Dutch cities

TNT has replaced seven of its diesel vehicles operating in Rotterdam and Amsterdam with 3.5 tonne electric express e-Ducato vans, which TNT says will enable savings of up 24,000 litres of diesel a year.

The e-Ducato vehicles provide a range of 200 km, and have a load volume of 13 cu m.

The move is part of TNT’s partnership with FREVUE (Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe), an urban e-mobility project supported by the European Commission. FREVUE seeks to demonstrate to industry, consumers and policy makers how electric vehicles can meet the growing need for sustainable urban logistics.

Pex Langenberg, vice mayor of the City of Rotterdam, said: “It is the ambition of the City of Rotterdam to have a zero emission freight transport in the inner city by 2020. This is formalised in the Green Deal Zero Emission. We welcome the new electric freight vehicles as they will help to make the air in the city centre cleaner and decrease noise pollution.”

According to Amsterdam’s sustainability agenda, renewable energy generation in the city will be increased by 20 per cent while energy consumption will be reduced by 20 per cent. The city encourages electric mobility and plans to expand the low emission zone for delivery vans to further improve air quality and health of its citizens.