Dachser focuses on lithium-ion technology

fr en de

By 2022, logistics provider Dachser plans to replace all of its roughly 6,000 ground conveyors in Europe with vehicles powered by energy-saving lithium-ion batteries.

<< Back
28/11/2018 |
  • Li-Ion Ground conveyors charging at Dachser cross docking hall-kl

Compared to conventional lead-acid batteries, the lithium-ion variety lasts three times longer and boasts significantly shorter charging times. This increases the flexibility of using vehicles equipped with these batteries, and does away with the need for special rooms set aside for battery charging. The resulting freed-up space in transit terminals can be used for cargo handling. “When you factor in the savings in avoided maintenance and damage costs, since the batteries no longer have to be taken out of the vehicle every day for charging, then having a lithium-ion fleet has already paid for itself today,” explains André Bilz, Team Leader Fleet Management Terminal Equipment at Dachser.

The switch is also good news for environmental sustainability. For one thing, the conventional batteries, which have to be replaced after about 1,200 charging cycles, contain lead, a toxic heavy metal. For another, the lithium-ion batteries conserve energy and thus save some 1,600 kilograms of CO2 per vehicle per year. Multiply that by 6,000 ground conveyors and you get 9.6 million kilograms of CO2 annually.

“Dachser invests continuously in cutting-edge logistics facilities and equipment, which ultimately enhances the quality of its services,” explains Michael Schilling, Dachser’s COO Road Logistics. “This modernization project is an excellent example of how profitability and sustainability can go hand in hand, which in turn produces benefits for our customers.”

By 2022, Dachser wants to convert all its Road Logistics locations in Europe to this new technology. The switch will be made step by step; locations will not operate both technologies together. Lithium-ion technology has already been successfully introduced in the Radeburg and Erlensee (Food Logistics) branches, and will now be followed by construction and expansion of facilities, for example in Freiburg and Munich, the plans for which will include the necessary electrical infrastructure from the outset.

In looking at the many suppliers of ground conveyors, once again Dachser aims to work with the leading manufacturers. And as for battery technology, charging infrastructure, and energy management software, the logistics provider has selected Triathlon to be its preferred supplier.

This switch to lithium-ion technology is by no means the end of the project: “Together with our partners, we will be driving forward the development of ground conveyor technology. Our aim is to increase the vehicles’ usability by making them smaller, more maneuverable, and more lightweight,” Bilz says.

Back to top  | << Back

Communiqués liés

Lou Kiesch
21/02/2019

Voguer sur le changement et saisir les opportunités

Saisir les opportunités et planifier le changement : tels furent les thèmes c...

Deloitte
ElvingerHoss CMYK 60mm Black
18/02/2019

Bill of Law 7363 was approved on 14 February 2019 – Luxemb...

Digital ledger technologies (“DLT”) and blockchains in particular could disi...

Elvinger Hoss Prussen
Luc Brucher - Healthcare Conference
15/02/2019 Evènements

Deloitte met les soins intégrés à l'honneur

Deloitte Healthcare Conference

Deloitte
Armacell
14/02/2019

Armacell Financial Highlights 2018

Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market a...

Armacell
Accenture
13/02/2019

Accenture certified Top Employer 2019 in Luxembourg!

Accenture Luxembourg has been officially recognized by the Top Employers Institu...

Accenture
Crystal Park
13/02/2019

The second “CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) in t...

Conducted by the CPSI (College des Professionnels de la Sécurité de l’inform...

PwC

Il n'y a aucun résultat pour votre recherche

We use cookies to ensure the best experience on our website. By accepting you agree the use of cookies. OK Learn more