Within the next two years, Gruber Logistics will expand its fleet by fifty e-trucks. At the same time, the European logistics provider plans to build its own charging infrastructure for its electric vehicles.
The company is following a multi-brand strategy for its fleet expansion. The vehicles were ordered from VOLVO, SCANIA and IVECO, manufacturers with whom Gruber Logistics maintains close partnerships. The e-trucks will have a total weight of 44 tonnes each and a range of 300 to 350 kilometres, depending on operating conditions.
With this sustainable fleet expansion, Gruber Logistics wants to continue its pioneering role on the path to decarbonisation of road transport. This also involves dealing with questions such as which sustainable fuel can replace diesel drive or whether the solutions available today can already represent a real alternative.
“For us, the investment in e-trucks is not a change of perspective, but the continuation of our path towards decarbonisation. We do not assume that some day there will be one alternative fuel that is preferable to all others. Rather, there will be a mix of solutions in the future, ranging from environmentally friendly fuels and electric solutions to the use of hydrogen. Our goal is to create the most sustainable vehicle fleet in Europe“; explains Stefan Knapp, Executive Director Fleet at Gruber Logistics.
The South Tyrolean company has been promoting the use of alternative fuels from biomass such as bio-LNG and biodiesel for several years. To this end, Gruber Logistics has conducted numerous tests with a wide variety of new technologies. The logistics company also already uses electric vehicles in
distribution transport with a total weight of up to 25 tonnes.
“Germany, as the largest logistics market in Europe, is the country in which we expect to invest the most. But we will also use the electric vehicles in Italy, Poland and the Benelux countries,”; says CEO Martin Gruber.
Moreover, as part of its partnerships with the three vehicle manufacturers, the logistics provider is not only involved as an early adopter of new technologies, but also provides support in vehicle development and prototyping projects.