Kuehne+Nagel France has received a delivery of 23 electric vehicles (EVs) to be used for domestic groupage transport. On this occasion, the Managing Director of Renault Trucks France, Christophe Martin, visited the Kuehne+Nagel site in Villefranche sur Saône to ceremonially hand over the keys to Xavier Leger, National Road Logistics Director.
Kuehne+Nagel has already piloted a number of electric vehicles in recent years. As truck manufacturers ramp up production, the company is looking to expand its presence in electric vehicles to meet its science-based goals. By the end of 2030, the company wants to equip 60% of its own fleet with electric vehicles.
Kuehne+Nagel France has a large domestic groupage network with 56 locations across the country, with many short and medium haul routes easily serviced by electric vehicles. In addition, it is preparing the team for upcoming legislation that will ban polluting vehicles from entering French cities from 2025 to improve air quality.
“At the moment, it is more efficient to use electric vehicles for domestic routes than for international routes due to their limited range and the lack of charging infrastructure on European motorways,” says Xavier Leger. Until the necessary infrastructural changes for long distances take place, Kuehne+Nagel uses hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a bridging technology to already reduce the CO2 emissions of road transport.