DHL Supply Chain Places Order For 10 Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks

The leader in third-party logistics and transportation management plans to test the trucks for long-term cost and driver talent benefits

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- DHL Supply Chain, the Americas' leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, today announced that it has placed an order for 10 Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks. The transportation management leader, known for its futuristic technologies like Resilience360, is one of the first third-party logistics companies to order the trucks.

DHL Supply Chain will test the trucks, which will be available in 2019, at its customer operations in major U.S. metro cities. The trucks will be used for shuttle runs and same-day customer deliveries, and will be tested for fuel efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the country.

"At DHL Supply Chain, we're always thinking beyond today's shipment -- whether that be thinking about tomorrow, next month or two years from now when these trucks become available," said Jim Monkmeyer, President of Transportation at DHL Supply Chain. "This is a revolutionary approach to trucking, and we want to be a part of it for our customers, for our associates and for our industry."

DHL Supply Chain also plans to evaluate the trucks' impact on drivers' safety, quality of life and job satisfaction. DHL Supply Chain's 2017 talent gap research report highlights a supply chain talent gap that has the potential to spiral into a talent crisis. And according to the American Trucking Association, the shortage in drivers could double from 48,000 in 2015 to almost 100,000 in 2020.

"Factors like comfort and time on the road play a large role in driver job satisfaction," added Monkmeyer. "While we always try to optimize transportation routes to allow our drivers to be home same-day, we're also excited about the potential to bring our drivers the comfort and safety benefits that the Tesla Class 8 truck could offer."

For more information about DHL Supply Chain's transportation solutions, please visit https://www.logistics.dhl/us-en/home/our-divisions/supply-chain/solutions/transport-solutions.html.

Media Contact:
Nicole Porter
DHL Supply Chain
Phone: 614-865-8437
E-mail: nicole.porter@dhl.com

DHLThe logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

Media Contact: Heather Sheppard, Fahlgren Mortine, 6143831628, heather.sheppard@fahlgren.com

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SOURCE DHL Supply Chain



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