DHL Supply Chain has added four 40-tonne Volvo FM electric trucks to its fleet making it the first company to operate these fully electric trucks in the UK.

The four trucks, which are replacing diesel vehicles, feature Volvo’s largest 540kWh battery which provides 666hp, giving the zero-emissions trucks a range of up to 300km/180 miles.

The trucks will be used to make deliveries to DHL’s retail and automotive customers across the UK.

Saul Resnick, chief executive of DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland, said: “Today marks an important milestone in our journey towards alternative fuel vehicles.

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“The size and capability of these trucks make them a truly viable alternative to diesel as they fully meet our needs and those of our customers.

“Following our introduction of the UK’s first 16-tonne rigid electric truck in late 2020, we’re proud to continue to lead the way in electric commercial transport.”

The new trucks share the same controls and very latest safety features seen on conventional diesel Volvo FM vehicles, making the transition for drivers as safe and easy as possible.

DHL said early feedback from drivers has been “extremely positive, especially with regard to acceleration and hill performance”.