TNT pilots two electric delivery vehicles in Rotterdam

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tnt_smith-truck_1_small(Source: TNT) 21 August 2007 - Rotterdam - Today Ivo Opstelten (Mayor of Rotterdam and Chairman of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative) and Peter Bakker (CEO of TNT) presented the two Smith electrical trucks which will be piloted in the Rotterdam area as part of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative.

The vehicles, a 3.5-tonne Smith Edison EV and a 9-tonne Smith Newton EV, will operate emission free in congested areas. The pilot is a significant step to contribute to the objective to reduce CO2 emissions by half in Rotterdam by 2025 compared to 1990.

“This is an excellent example of how innovative entrepreneurship combines environmental profit with economic profit.” according to Mayor Opstelten. “The Rotterdam Climate Initiative offers support to this type of pilots and a platform to test their business cases. We are proud that TNT chose to team up with us and welcome them as our latest business partner.”

CEO of TNT Peter Bakker said: “We are very aware of the impact of our operations on the environment and recognise that we contribute to the problem of climate change. Hence, we feel it’s our responsibility to contribute to a viable long-term solution. Protecting the environment also makes business sense, as our stakeholders are increasingly evaluating us on our environmental impact. TNT foresees electric vehicles to become a key component for future super-urbanized inner city pick up and delivery networks as more and more restrictions are imposed on emissions in urbanized areas.”

Mr Bakker continues: “The partnership with the Rotterdam Climate Initiative was evident. Next to raising the necessary awareness and involving stakeholders to address the problems the earth is currently facing, we are both committed to actually undertake action.”

The pilot
The Edison will be operational around the center of Rotterdam and will make an average of approximately 40 stops for pick up and delivery of documents and small parcels. The Newton will operate in and around the center of Rotterdam and make 15 to 20 stops when in operation. It is in these stop-start conditions where the electric trucks have a great advantage over conventional combustion engines which are at their most inefficient and most polluting.

The green electricity for running these vehicles is certified to be produced by hydropower. This means that operating the vehicles is entirely CO2 neutral.

Electric Vehicles work out the more cost effective option than diesel vans or trucks, when taken over the average commercial vehicle’s 5-year life span. This is due to low fuel costs as electricity costs a fraction of diesel. Further the maintenance costs are lower for an electric vehicle than for a conventional combustion vehicle. The electric vehicle only has four moving parts compared to over a thousand in a diesel drive train.

The Newton is equipped with 6 battery packs which results in a range of 140 to 200 kilometers and a payload of 3,000 kilograms. The Edison is equipped with 3 battery packs resulting in a payload of 880 kilograms and a range of 120 to 220 kilometers. Both trucks can be recharged in 8 hours and have a top speed of 80 km/h. The trucks are almost totally recyclable en produce a low noise level.

If the Rotterdam pilot proves successful, we plan to expand the trial to other countries and will consider adding additional electric vehicles to our fleet to serve in other urban locations, where appropriate.

Driving clean
TNT runs a global program for two years now known as Driving Clean. The project is enabling a sustainable reduction in our vehicular emissions, specifically particulate matter (PM10), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and CO2. Driving Clean includes four main projects: cleaning up our existing fleet, purchases related to our new fleet, investigating possibilities for our future fleet and efforts with our partner the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

As alternative fuel and technologies initiatives TNT is currently testing twenty bio fuel trucks in India and 53 in the Netherlands. Further a number of 161 vehicles run on compressed natural gas in Germany and 5 are piloted in the Netherlands. TNT is currently successfully testing a 7.5-tonne zero emission electric vehicle in London.

TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximize its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs around 159,000 people. Over 2006, TNT reported €10.1 billion in revenues and an operating income of €1,276 million. TNT N.V. is publicly listed on the stock exchange of Amsterdam. TNT recognizes its social responsibility, and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environmental Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world.

Rotterdam Climate Initiative
The Rotterdam Climate Initiative is the ambitious climate programme in which the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond, and association of entrepreneurs Deltalinqs join forces to achieve a drastic reduction in Rotterdam’s CO2 emission. The growth of the city and the port in the coming years will significantly contribute to this goal. The Rotterdam Climate Initiative combines all of the initiatives taken by Rotterdam – the city as well as the port – to develop into a low- CO2 city and energy port; the world capital of CO2-free energy. With this initiative, Rotterdam expresses its ambition to reduce CO2 emissions in Rotterdam territory by fifty per cent in 2025 as compared with 1990, and to create economic opportunities with respect to CO2 for trade, industry and the port. The four parties involved have agreed to devote their collective efforts to maximum innovation, maximum mobilization of people and organizations, and substantial investments in projects aimed at a fifty per cent reduction of CO2 emission.

Images: TNT N.V.

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