DHL adds solar power to trucks

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DHL has developed thin film solar mats TRAiLAR, which are fitted to vehicle roofs and connected the vehicle’s battery or additional on-board batteries. The solar energy generated reduced overall fuel consumption by helping to power different on-board activities such as tail lifts.

TRAiLAR can be integrated into both trailers and rigid vehicles, reducing CO2 emissions, lowering fuel costs and maintenance spend. Trails at Millbrook proving ground showed fuel savings of up to 5.2 per cent.

We “need fewer, cleaner and quieter vehicles on the roads,” said Phil Roe, MD, network logistics and transport, DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland. “This can be achieved while also helping customers reduce their transport costs.”

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