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  • The Alternative Fuels@DB Cargo project will continue to promote the use of alternative fuels at DB Cargo. The project includes reviewing the technical and operational feasibility of using HVOno. 164 and eFuels (synthetic fuels) as a substitute for diesel fuel and the expansion of the EcoSolutions portfolio (DBeco fuel) for DB Cargo customers. After successful motor bench tests and field trials for individual diesel locomotive series in 2021, the tests were expanded to all key DB Cargo diesel locomotive series. As of June 15, 2022, all key DB Cargo series, i.e. more than 800 locomotives, were approved for HVO. The next step tests the options for adjusting the filling station infrastructure together with other business units in order to advance the phasing out of diesel.
  • Dansk Retursystem shifted its transports of cans for recycling from Denmark to Germany from street to rail with the support of DB Cargo. Doing so could reduce GHG emissions of the transports by about 75%. After a test phase from November 2021 to January 2022, the fixed rail connection is now in place. The first stage consists of increasing the frequency and speed, so that we will be able to transport all cans from eastern Denmark to Germany by train in 2022.
  • A state-of-the-art Automotive Logistics Center is opening in Bremen in the direct vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The Center for Battery Logistics is the linchpin of the climate-neutral logistics concept for the battery systems of the new Mercedes-Benz EQE electric model. DB Cargo has been transporting the systems by rail from the Mercedes-Benz plant in Hedelfingen in Stuttgart over a distance of about 650 km to Bremen since March 2022 and delivers them to the assembly line of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen on an as-needed and climate-neutral basis. The logistics hub enables DB Cargo to shunt trains right up to the workshops and unload them there.
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