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Hegelmann Group's "Mission Green" Initiative - Leading the Charge with Volvo FM 500 Electric Trucks in Germany

In the pursuit of sustainability and innovation within the logistics industry, Hegelmann Group Germany has embarked on a groundbreaking journey. As part of its “Mission Green” initiative, the company has integrated the Volvo FM 500 Electric Trucks into its fleet. This case study delves into the objectives, implementation, performance, and impact of deploying these electric trucks, marking a significant step towards reducing the company’s carbon footprint and leading the logistics sector toward a more sustainable future. 

Project Overview 

The Volvo FM 500 Electric Truck, known for its efficiency, reliability, and zero-emission operation, represents the forefront of green transportation solutions. Hegelmann Group’s decision to incorporate these trucks into its fleet for a fixed-route operation, which started on February 6th, with each truck covering 5,000 km monthly, signifies a bold move toward operational sustainability. This initiative underscores the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation. 

Operational Performance 

Efficiency and Reliability 

The operational efficiency of the Volvo FM 500 Electric Trucks has been exemplary. Compared to traditional diesel trucks, the electric trucks have demonstrated significant energy savings and reduced operational costs, without compromising on performance. Driver feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the superior handling, comfort, and overall driving experience of the electric trucks. 

Environmental Impact 

The transition to electric trucks has had a profound impact on Hegelmann Group’s carbon emissions. By replacing diesel trucks with Volvo FM 500 Electric models, the company has significantly reduced its CO2 emissions, aligning with its “Mission Green” initiative’s goals. This effort contributes to the broader sustainability targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and showcases Hegelmann Group’s role as an environmental leader in the logistics industry. 

Conclusion and Future Directions 

Hegelmann Group’s integration of Volvo FM 500 Electric Trucks into its fleet has been a landmark achievement in the “Mission Green” initiative. The project has demonstrated the environmental, operational, and economic benefits of adopting electric vehicles in logistics. Looking ahead, Hegelmann Group plans to expand its fleet of electric trucks, exploring additional routes and further innovations in green logistics. This initiative not only positions Hegelmann Group as a pioneer in sustainable transportation but also sets a new standard for the logistics industry at large. 

2000th MAN truck for Hegelmann Group

The Hegelmann Group was able to take delivery of its 2000th truck from the Munich-based commercial vehicle manufacturer at Hauser Schloss on the MAN Truck & Bus factory premises. Another 680 vehicles will follow.

  • Hegelmann Group receives 2000th truck from MAN
  • Another 680 vehicles to follow in the next few months
  • Hegelmann Group specializes in time-critical deliveries for the automotive, heavy goods and food industries

The Hegelmann Group is an internationally active transport service provider. The family-run company offers cross-industry standard, special and express transports and specializes in time-critical deliveries for the automotive, heavy-duty and food industries. To this end, Hegelmann has a fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles and employs around 8,500 people.

The 2,000th truck from MAN Truck & Bus has now been handed over in Munich. The vehicles recently handed over are mainly MAN 18.510 4×2 tractor units. A further delivery of around 680 vehicles to Hegelmann will follow in the next few months.

“We are very pleased about the enormous order from the transport service provider Hegelmann as well as the huge number of vehicles delivered over the last few years. This is proof of the strong partnership as well as the reliability, profitability and great driver orientation of our vehicles”

Christoph Huber
Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH, during the handover of the 2000th vehicle.

TuSimple Partners with Global Logistics Leader, Hegelmann Group

SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2022 – TuSimple (Nasdaq: TSP), a global autonomous driving technology company, has announced its partnership with Hegelmann Group, a major European transport and logistics provider, that operates a fleet of over 5,000 vehicles, including an initial reservation of purpose-built SAE Level 4 (L4) Autonomous International® Trucks for operation in North America.  The trucks will be equipped with TuSimple’s advanced autonomous driving system and will be based on a world-class global vehicle platform developed by Navistar.

Hegelmann’s partnership with TuSimple signals the symbiotic path of both partners to offer innovative solutions that address the ongoing driver shortage while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving vehicle and environmental safety. Hegelmann’s reservation of factory-production units with TuSimple technology is a primary action in developing a new state-of-the-art logistics network in North America called the TuSimple Autonomous Freight Network (AFN). Early studies show that autonomous trucks in this type of network have the potential to reduce fuel consumption for middle mile transportation.

“TuSimple’s innovations will elevate our ability to compete and prosper in the North American market and are analogous to our stated objective to become a global logistics technology adopter,” said Andrew Jasinskas, Business Development Project Manager – Hegelmann USA. “Undoubtedly autonomous trucks with TuSimple technology are the future of transportation, and Hegelmann’s strategy is to likewise be a standard bearer for innovations that push safety and efficiency to the next era of logistics excellence.”

“We are pleased to add Hegelmann to our rapidly growing fleet partners who wish to adopt, integrate, and scale SAE L4 truck operation in the United States,” said Lee White, Vice President of Strategy. “Hegelmann chose TuSimple as their autonomous vehicle technology partner due to TuSimple’s leadership in the rapidly approaching full-commercialization of autonomous vehicles.”

TuSimple demonstrated its leadership with the industry’s first Driver Out (no human intervention or operator) runs in 2021 which the company plans to continue through 2022 as it prepares for full commercialization. TuSimple’s Driver Out pilot program is the product of a year and a half of work to co-develop a L4 autonomous Class 8 vehicle with Navistar to demonstrate the level of redundancy, reliability, consistency, and safety necessary to remove the driver from the truck.

By the end of 2023, TuSimple plans to carry paid freight operations in high-density freight lanes in the southern US. Driver-out runs have been critical in scaling autonomous trucking operations on the TuSimple Autonomous Freight Network. 

Videos of TuSimple’s Driver Out operations can be found [here].

TuSimple’s Safety Case for Driver Out operations can be found [here].

About Hegelmann Group
The Hegelmann Group was founded in 1998 in Germany. The company has established many branches and has become a transcontinental, international company on a professional high level. On the basis of more than 24 years of experience, owned fleet of more than 5000 transport units, and the resulting know-how, the company provides a wide range of logistic solutions where the customer can be on the pulse of the service. The company offers customers temperature-controlled transport, standard, special, intermodal and non-stop express transport, providing solutions for a wide spectrum of different requests. These include heavy-lift transports, transports of dangerous goods, transporting consolidated cargo, and grouped cargo. The Hegelmann Group never loses a focus on the environment and economy by enhancing sustainable growth and development step by step. Visit for more information.

About TuSimple

TuSimple is a leader in global (SAE  Level 4) autonomous driving technology for long-haul heavy-duty trucks headquartered in San Diego, California, with operations in Arizona, Texas, Europe, and China. In 2021, TuSimple became the world’s first autonomous trucking company to successfully complete a fully autonomous, ‘driver out’ semi-truck run on open public roads without a human in the vehicle or any human intervention. The company also created the very first autonomous trucking lane in the U.S. TuSimple plans to scale its autonomous commercial freight operations on its TuSimple Autonomous Freight Network (AFN).  Visit us at

SOURCE TuSimple Holdings, Inc.

Il Gruppo Hegelmann si unisce all'IRU per promuovere l'innovazione della logistica sostenibile

La multinazionale tedesca della logistica Hegelmann Group si è unita all’IRU per sostenere le sue iniziative ecologiche in corso e per incoraggiare e lavorare all’interno dell’industria in generale sul trasporto e la logistica sostenibili.

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Il Gruppo Hegelmann si espande negli USA

L’azienda internazionale di trasporti e logistica lancia le sue attività in Nord America con il nome di Hegelmann USA. La sede centrale di Chicago inizierà a fornire servizi di trasporto e logistica all’inizio di gennaio del prossimo anno. Per i primi tre anni è previsto un investimento di circa dieci milioni di euro per la crescita della nuova filiale statunitense. In futuro Hegelmann intende aprire altri mercati del Nord e Centro America. Il primo obiettivo sarà il Canada. La crescita internazionale è destinata a proseguire. Nel primo anno verranno creati almeno 15 nuovi posti di lavoro negli Stati Uniti. La flotta sarà inizialmente composta da dieci autocarri standard. In seguito, la flotta sarà ampliata con camion alimentati a LNG o a elettricità. Avevamo già pensato di espanderci negli Stati Uniti entro la fine del 2019. Vogliamo diventare un’organizzazione globale che offra i propri servizi nei continenti europeo, nordamericano e asiatico. Crediamo che, lavorando sodo e onestamente, possiamo diventare un attore di successo, ambizioso e in costante crescita nei mercati degli Stati Uniti e del Nord America”, spiega Andrew Jasinskas, responsabile dello sviluppo aziendale di Hegelmann Group, che è responsabile dell’espansione negli Stati Uniti. Hegelmann ha già legami con il mercato statunitense. Offriamo servizi logistici ai nostri partner americani in Europa e siamo quindi già ben collegati”, afferma Jasinskas. Hegelmann prevede di investire circa due milioni di euro nella crescita strategica e nelle operazioni nel primo anno di espansione. Altri otto milioni di euro seguiranno nel secondo e terzo anno. Sono previsti, tra l’altro, acquisti di rimorchi “dry van”, rimorchi termici, piattaforme, silos e rimorchi per auto. Vogliamo offrire rapidamente negli Stati Uniti la stessa gamma di servizi che offriamo in Europa. Siamo un’azienda globale e potente”, conclude Jasinskas. Visita la nostra pagina USA Visit our US page

Il Gruppo Hegelmann ha acquistato camion alimentati a GNL

Il Gruppo Hegelmann ha acquistato cinque camion alimentati a GNL (gas naturale liquefatto). Questi camion non solo ridurranno l’inquinamento, ma contribuiranno anche all’efficacia delle attività dell’azienda. Si prevede che entro il 2025 costituiranno almeno il 20% del parco veicoli totale dell’azienda, che attualmente comprende circa 4.000 camion.

Nell’ambito del percorso verso l’ecologia, l’azienda cerca anche di porre l’accento sul problema delle foreste in Europa a causa della siccità e dei cambiamenti climatici, e prevede di piantare 7.000 alberi in Europa – come un certo numero di dipendenti del Gruppo Hegelmann.

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