2. Need for sustainable solutions
Two years ago, Distrilog made the environmentally conscious decision to invest in more sustainable solutions, switching from traditional trucks to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trucks.
"LNG trucks are currently the only greener alternative which is commercially interesting. But they are 50% more expensive than traditional trucks," explains Salaerts. "Such a change involves an investment of millions of euros."
Looking ahead, the ambition is to move to a fleet of fully electric trucks - a solution which is not yet profitable.
"There is so much more involved than just the machinery," says Salaerts. "For example, you need the charging infrastructure and a heavier high voltage cabin, as well as the flexibility to include charging moments in the planning plots."
Leasing as a total solution
What Distrilog appreciates most about the partnership with Crown and DLL is the fact that they can provide a total solution.
Lucie Ducuroir, Country Sales Manager CT&I for Belgium at DLL, explains what that means: "It's not just about buying a forklift truck, but also the repair & maintenance and insurance associated with it. If you can negotiate that entire package in one go and acquire it through one supplier, you can save a lot of time and effort. In addition to that, it is often a relief for the customer to know that their machines will be repaired by the manufacturer who knows everything about them. This way your fleet remains operational, has a longer lifespan, and the fleet equipment costs will decrease over time."
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