Global logistics major Deutsche Post DHL Group has launched TRAILAR, a new fuel conservation technology for road transport based on light-weight and durable photovoltaic modules. The TRAILAR solution for rigid vehicles will be introduced and available to third party truck owners and fleet operators at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show 2018 in Hanover from September 19 to 27.
TRAILAR uses advanced solar technology by applying thin film, flexible solar matting to the roofs of rigid vehicles, which are connected to the vehicle battery or additional on-board batteries. Harvested solar energy is used to power tail lifts and all ancillary equipment such as air conditioning.
This reduces carbon emissions and lowers fuel consumption by five percent, whilst at the same time increasing engine efficiency and longevity. It makes TRAILAR a greener, cost-efficient, urban-friendly delivery solution.
“Our TRAILAR solution is a key contributor to our GoGreen program and takes us a big step forward towards our goal of becoming the zero-emissions logistics leader by 2050,” explains Thomas Ogilvie, Deutsche Post DHL Group board member for Human Resources and Corporate Incubations. “However, while we are improving our environmental footprint, we also want to increase our corporate success. TRAILAR is another great proof point for the fact that cost and emission reductions are not mutually exclusive, but can complement each other.”