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Electrically powered: using vehicles like this, DB Schenker is now doing milk runs in China’s automotive stronghold Chengdu. Photos: DB Schenker

In China’s automotive stronghold Chengdu, DB Schenker is now managing the spare parts supply for a European premium manufacturer using e-vehicles. The electrically powered vans carry the freight to the recipients in dual-line and dual-shift mode. The system behind these so-called milk runs was developed jointly by the specialists from DB Schenker and the customer. Included in the system is a monitoring application that lets the customer call up information such as the current location, the expected arrival time and the battery level for each vehicle.


After-sales services for the automotive industry play a significant role for DB Schenker in China. The logistics service provider supplies spare parts to more than 2,000 dealers and agents in over 250 cities. This project in the city of Chengdu, located in western China and with a population of 14 million, also represents one of numerous measures through which DB Schenker is gradually converting its distribution fleet to environmentally friendly vehicles. The company recently also started delivering goods to more than 40 outlets of the fashion chain H&M in Shanghai using electric vehicles.