DAF Trucks has handed over the first electric trucks to Simon Loos and Peter Appel Transport, which carry supplies for Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn.

The delivery marks the start of a long-term field test involving three fully electric trucks and two plug-in hybrid trucks.

In 2014, Albert Heijn – with over 1000 supermarkets in Holland, Belgium and Germany – signed up to the ‘Green Deal for Zero Emission City Logistics’.

This initiative brings together shippers, carriers, technicians and authorities to research into progressing towards zero-emission deliveries in urban areas by 2025.

For the companies involved, this trial will look at how the transition to zero-emission deliveries could take shape.

The test project involves three battery-powered electric trucks (CF Electric) and two plug-in- hybrid trucks (CF Hybrid). There is also a quick-charging infrastructure from VDL.

The CF Electric has a fully electric range of 100 km. The CF Hybrid offers fully electric driving in urban areas with a range up to 50 km. It can switch to diesel for work in extra-urban areas.

The partners intend to gather as much information as possible about the technical, operational, financial and organisational aspects involved in making zero-emission deliveries.

TNO will analyse the results of the trial and establish a strategy for implementing zero-emission deliveries to supermarkets in the near future.

Fully electric CF Electric truck testing will initially be limited to journeys between the distribution centre in Zaandam and the supermarkets in Amsterdam.

With plug-in hybrid trucks, Albert Heijn can also supply stores further away from Zaandam without any emissions.

The truck batteries will be charged between journeys at a specially designed charging park at the Albert Heijn distribution centre in Zaandam.