DHL is launching four BYD Class 8 battery-electric trucks in the US, piloting the vehicles in the Los Angeles market.

The electric trucks are manufactured by BYD Motors and are capable of running all day on a single charge.

The trucks have enough power and torque to operate at 82,000 lbs, combined weight. DHL plans to use the new trucks in the Los Angeles market, to haul goods to and from the DHL LAX Gateway and local service centre facilities.

"The introduction of these efficient electric trucks is a huge step forward, not only towards achieving our own clean transport goals, but also California's ambitious goals on the adoption of zero-emission vehicles," said DHL Express US CEO, Greg Hewitt.

"By implementing these electric trucks, we will prevent more than 300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere per year, as we continue to grow and enhance our clean pick-up and delivery solutions."

The new lorries add to the company's alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fleet in the US, which includes fully-electric, hybrid-electric and clean diesel, in addition to low-power electric-assist e-Cargo Cycles.

"As a global leader in logistics and express services, DHL has proved they're serious about their commitment to transition to zero-emission trucking," added BYD Motors senior director of Business Development, John Gerra.

"DHL is doing more than just talking about it; they're actually putting BYD electric trucks into commercial service, today."

In addition, DHL Express has 72 all-electric battery-powered vans on order from multiple vendors, which will support DHL pick-up and delivery operations in California and New York.

In March, 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group, the parent company of DHL Express, set a goal of reducing its logistics-related emissions to net zero by 2050.