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In 2025, Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN) would like to see new trucks driving around Dutch city centres with zero CO2 emissions. Freight transport will then be electric, with trucks and vans running on batteries or hydrogen. Since 2018, Koopman TransMission has been delivering to Groningen's city centre with a fully electric delivery van.
But TLN also wants to minimise CO2 emissions outside the city centres. With the deployment of the eTGM, Koopman is one of the first logistics service providers to use a 100% electric truck for day and night distribution.
The logistics sector is facing a major challenge: in 2050, transport and logistics must become at least six times more efficient. To realize these climate objectives, logistical innovations and the use of technical innovations such as fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative fuels are very important.
‘Koopman shows that the logistics sector and concern for the planet go hand in hand. Through data-driven analyses steps are continuously taken to minimize the impact on the environment. Together with customers, innovative solutions are developed which add value to an optimal logistic chain. In the choices that are made, the impact on people and the environment is always taken into account. The use of electric trucks has helped us build up even more knowledge and collect data on their deployment, use, consumption and charging times. This enables us to provide other customers with even better solutions for reducing transport emissions' - Wouter Renkema
Koopman TransMission transports full loads to the city centre of Groningen every day to deliver goods. The special thing about this is that the transport is 100% electric and therefore completely CO2-free. We are therefore taking the lead in the plan for emission-free transport in the city centre of Groningen by 2025.
The goods are delivered in the centre of Groningen in a fully electric vehicle. As a company we have a social responsibility for people and the environment', said Harm Koopman, Director Koopman Cargo and Koopman TransMission. In the coming years we will further expand transport with electric vehicles to other cities and places. We also function as a city hub for other transporters. They can unload the goods at Noordhorn, after which we drive the consignments out with an electric vehicle to the inner city of Groningen, free of emissions and efficient. Very environmentally friendly.
We drive into town centres with ease because the electric truck is smaller, lighter and more manoeuvrable than large trucks'. The awareness of the CO2-footprint creates initiatives like this. A nice addition in the sustainability journey that Koopman is on.
"We would very much like to switch to zero-emission transport, and preferably as quickly as possible," said Klaas Koopman, who is director of Business Development & Innovation at the company. "We opt, where possible, for sustainable solutions. The eTGM is one of them. We are aware of our CO2 footprint and aim to reduce it. For us, this was a great opportunity to take on the initiative together with PON and MAN to see what the electric truck can bring us in the future."
The MAN eTGM will be used in our field of activity for the next four years.
As a family business, we feel it is our duty to take good care of our people, our customers and the world around us. This is deeply ingrained in our DNA, in our mission and vision and in the way we live out our commitments every day.
Harm Koopman — Director Cargo Logistics