Ten Volvo FM Electric e-trucks are now part of the ALDI North truck fleet.

The ten electric trucks, which were acquired with funding support, will be deployed in the ALDI regional companies in Bargteheide (Schleswig-Holstein/Hamburg), Herten and Radevormwald (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Seefeld (Berlin/Brandenburg). This is where the vehicles will be tested under a wide range of topographical conditions – including urban and rural areas, as well as lowlands and mountainous countryside regions.

E-trucks as a response to global challenges in logistics

“With the introduction of the new electric vehicles, ALDI Nord is not only confronting growing challenges in the global transport system, such as the increasing environmental impact of road freight transport, but is also making a further contribution to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions,” emphasises Pascal Braun, Managing Director Supply Chain Management at ALDI Nord in Germany. As part of its own sustainability strategy, ALDI Nord was already able to reduce CO2 emissions by 48 per cent between 2015 and 2020 – and this figure is set to rise to 55 per cent by 2030.

The acquisition of the ten e-trucks is being supported with a total of 1,880,000 euros of funding from the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMVD – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) as part of the Directive on the Promotion of Light and Heavy Commercial Vehicles with Alternative, Climate-friendly Drive Systems and Associated Fuelling and Charging Infrastructure (KsNI – Richtlinie über die Förderung von leichten und schweren Nutzfahrzeugen mit alternativen, klimaschonenden Antrieben und dazugehörigen Tank- und Ladeinfrastruktur). The funding guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH, and applications are approved by the Federal Office for Logistics and Mobility (Bundesamt für Logistik und Mobilität).

“Trucks are responsible for a considerable share of greenhouse gas emissions in German freight transport. The transformation to climate-friendly drive systems is therefore a necessary step towards also achieving our ambitious climate targets in road freight transport. As a result, electric mobility can make a decisive contribution to the decarbonisation of the transport sector, not only in passenger transport but also here. That is why we are pleased to support the introduction of the new e-trucks from ALDI Nord,” says Daniela Kluckert, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport.

Flexible e-trucks for regional tasks

For the introduction of the new electric commercial vehicles, ALDI Nord is relying on its long-standing partner Volvo Trucks. “In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, our e-trucks, including the Volvo FM Electric, have other advantages: They are quiet as well as nimble and thus contribute to lower noise pollution from delivery traffic, especially in urban areas,” says Peter Ström, Managing Director & Vice President of Volvo Trucks Germany. In addition, with a range of up to 300 kilometres and an output of 490 kW, the e-trucks are ideal for the route networks of the selected ALDI Nord regional companies. The electric drive, in combination with the Volvo I-Shift transmission, ensures powerful driving performance. “The daily fresh deliveries to around six shops per day per truck can be made in a low-CO2 and cost-effective manner,” explains Pascal Braun.

Facts, figures, data

  • ALDI Nord is the first grocery retailer to acquire the Volvo FM Electric series-produced e-truck
  • 100 % CO2-free in driving operation
  • CO2 savings: Approx. 486 tonnes per year for all ten e-trucks
  • Six batteries with a total of 540 kWh
  • Charging time: Approx. 2 – 2.5 hours
  • Range: Up to 300 kilometres
  • Total towing weight: Up to 42 tonnes

Further information can be found on the Aldi Nord website.


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