Kuehne + Nagel is optimising its overland transport fleet within the scope of an initiative to increase road safety and reduce exhaust emissions. In future, the company will only purchase models that come equipped with a turning assistant. All vehicles also meet the strictest standards for fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. The first 350 new fleet vehicles will be used in Germany and France, the company announced.
When purchasing vehicles, Kuehne + Nagel is opting for products from several manufacturers in order to gain experience of various systems. For example, three different technical solutions are used for turning assistants: optical, radar-based and ultrasound-assisted systems. Kuehne + Nagel is extensively testing all three solutions.
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“Road safety is a key component of our sustainability strategy. By using several different systems, we can gain additional experiences that enable us to further optimise our fleet’s road safety. This helps us increase the acceptance of lorries, which are a high-performance means of transport. We consciously opt for particularly low-emission and energy-efficient vehicles”, commented Uwe Hött, Senior Vice President Overland at Kuehne + Nagel.
With the purchase of 350 tractor units in France and Germany the company also strengthens its position in these two important overland markets.
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“To offer our customers the best possible service, we need a young and highly modern vehicle fleet. Following on from recent and still ongoing major investments in the expansion of our pharma trailer fleet, the acquisition of 350 motor vehicles this year enables us to further strengthen our position in the French and German markets, both of which are key growth drivers for our overland business”, commented Hött.