By 202, logistics provider Dachser plans to replace all its 6,000 or so ground conveyors in Europe with vehicles powered by energy-saving lithium-ion batteries.
Compared to conventional lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion 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, having a lithium-ion fleet has already paid for itself,” explains André Bilz, Team Leader Fleet Management Terminal Equipment at Dachser.
The switch is also good news for environmental sustainability. Unlike lithium-ion, conventional batteries, which have to be replaced after about 1,200 charging cycles, contain lead, a toxic heavy metal. Second point, lithiumion 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.