Logistics firms' opinion on greener haulage
Following, the UK government's July announcement to ban all petrol and diesel cars from 2040, the development of greener self-guided lorries has become a priority in the logistic sector's agenda.
The UK government announced that a £8.1M trial of self-guided lorries will start in 2018, following successful trials in Europe and America. The pilot project, a "platoon" of two-three HGVs will travel in convoy to be more efficient, thereby lowering emissions and improving air quality.
In the meantime, the size and shape of the HGVs could also be modified to enable them to carry more per vehicle. This sort of change is currently hindered by EU regulations restricting size and weight.
"The development of greener self-guided lorries has become a priority in the logistic sector's agenda."
Moreover, the haulage industry observed the development of another pilot project ran by the Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) using electric vehicles in Kent. This initiative is partly a response to Mayor of London's new transport strategy for the capital, which will focus on less polluting vehicles.
3PL DHL also invested in electric vehicles and aerodynamic teardrop trailers. By 2025, DHL's aim is to operate 20% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery systems.
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