Deutsche Post DHL’s Teardrop Trailer hits the road in Germany and France




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Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, recently added one Teardrop Trailer designated for cargo transport throughout Germany and France as part of its logistics solutions for its customer Airbus. The Don-Bur designed trailer promises an aerodynamic drive and up to 10% reduced fuel consumption due to its distinct teardrop shape. The newest green freighter adds to the already impressive 11,500 DHL vehicles with alternative drive systems and aerodynamic modifications.

Christoph Boré, Head of Transport General Cargo at Airbus, says:” I am very happy today to launch the first Teardrop Trailer for mainland Europe. The Teardrop Trailer is a tailor made solution by DHL for Airbus and will save fuel, costs and carbon emissions. In doing so, the new vehicle underlines the commitment of both DHL and Airbus to implement environmentally friendly and innovative technologies to make road transport greener.”

In the United Kingdom alone, DHL employs 1,100 Teardrop trailers – a mark of the success the design has in reducing carbon footprint while maintaining efficiency on the road. The newest addition to this family is the four meter-high cargo trailer with a forward-swept front bulkhead leading to its curved roof capped off with a unique spoiler.  This design enables the freighter to carry up to 40 tons of cargo, all the while driving with reduced turbulence and air resistance which subsequently improves fuel mileage.

“We are working hand in hand with our customers towards greener solutions. Adding this new vehicle for heavy load transport is one example where both of us benefit from the optimized aerodynamic shape and a reduced carbon footprint,” says Tom Jeroense, Global Lead Logistics Provider for Airbus at DHL.