First electric trucks for Tailormade Logistics truck fleet

Published on Tue 23 May 2023
Tailormade Logistics deployed two electric trucks at its Ghent site on Tuesday, May 23. The trucks are used to transport truck cabs from the railroad to the Volvo Trucks plant at the port.

International transportation and logistics provider Tailormade Logistics (TML) was recently awarded the Transport & Logistics Green Truck Award 2023. To this pioneer within the logistics sector these two e-trucks are the next step in their sustainability process. The two electric trucks reduce fleet CO2 emissions and increase the share of alternative fuels and drivetrains. The vehicles were provided by Volvo Trucks, one of the largest employers in North Sea Port. 

TML COO Michael Meyers: "Reducing miles driven and reducing operational activities CO2 emissions are obviously important, but we must focus on wider aspects. We are committed to sustainability in all areas, a shift from road transport to multimodal, HVO as an alternative fuel, solar panels and charging points at our logistics sites, the electrification of the company fleet, the reduction of waste streams and maximum reuse and recycling."

Last mile transportation within North Sea Port

These first 2 electric trucks will be used by Van Hove & Co, a business unit of Tailormade Logistics since March this year, for transport within the port of Ghent. Volvo Truck cabs are taken to the port by rail and, according to the "Just In Sequence" principle, transported by FM Electric to the Volvo Trucks plant in Ghent/Oostakker. Frank Kimpe, Managing Director Volvo Truck Belgium, says: "The Volvo FM Electric is part of our growing range of heavy-duty electric trucks."

Climate neutral port

Fred Baert, North Sea Port commercial manager: "Tailormade Logistics, Van Hove & Co and Volvo Trucks Belgium together show that it is possible to make the 'last mile' in goods transport between a terminal and a company more sustainable. This will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and a climate-neutral port by 2050."

Port alderman Bracke: “These days I frequently find myself in the port to highlight a sustainable initiative. You can tell by everything that our port and our businesses are progressing well. Everyone is working toward the same goal of halving CO2 emissions by 2030 and being completely climate neutral by 2050. I must applaud a Ghent transport company like Tailormade Logistics being committed to electrification and working with Volvo Trucks, another player from our port, to do so."

About Tailormade Logistics

Tailormade Logistics (TML) was established in 1996. Today, TML is an international transport and logistics service provider with 450,000 m2 of warehouses and its own fleet of 600 vehicles, 950 trailers and 550 containers. TML employs 1,250 people at 28 sites in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Sweden.

Picture (left to right): Ghent port alderman Sofie Bracke, Frank Kimpe (Managing Director Volvo Truck Belgium), Frank Van Hove (Operations Manager Van Hove & Co) and Michael Meyers (COO of TML).