Rhenus Home Delivery has been using electric vehicles since 2017. The company is now making enormous investments in expanding its fleet and is making use of a purchase rather than a leasing solution for the first time. Other vehicles are set to gradually follow the 59 e-vans that are already on order during the next few months. The target for the year 2023 is 150. In order to guarantee the necessary charging infrastructure, Rhenus Home Delivery is investing in almost 100 charging points at its business sites – three quarters of them slow charging points and one quarter fast ones.
Following trials, the vehicle models that have been selected involve e-Ducatos from fit, eDELIVER 9s from Maxus and E46-GAZelles from Orten. Rhenus Home Delivery has also adopted its micro-depot concept for special vehicles with swap bodies from the Quantron company. Rhenus Home Delivery has based its selection of vehicles on the good price-performance ratio and their high operating range. The new e-vans will be used across Germany for the heavy/bulky business. Electrification is particularly challenging here because of the high weights and long distances involved.
The company will already be able to save 2,100 tonnes of CO2 per annum by using the 59 e-vans on order. This corresponds to the annual CO2 produced by about 100 German households. The German Federal Office for Goods Transport is subsidising the purchase of the vans because they are climate-friendly. “We want to reduce our CO2 emissions by two thirds by 2025. As about 80 percent of our CO2 emissions come from diesel vehicles at the moment, the extensive upgrading of our fleet is a top priority for us,” says Ronny Sassen, the Managing Director of Rhenus Home Delivery.