The vehicles will be used in the future in the Aldi regional companies Bargteheide (Schleswig-Holstein/Hamburg), Herten and Radevormwald (NRW) and Seefeld (Berlin/Brandenburg).
The discounter said the vehicles are tested under a wide variety of topographical conditions from urban to rural, and from flat plains to mountainous terrains.
The purchase of the ten electric trucks is being funded by the federal ministry for digital affairs and transport as part of the guideline on the promotion of light and heavy commercial vehicles with alternative, climate-friendly drives and the associated tank and charging infrastructure (KsNI).
The funding guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH, and applications are approved by the federal office for logistics and mobility.
Among food retailers, Aldi Nord is the first buyer of the Volvo FM Electric series electric truck. The retailer says the ten electric trucks would cut CO2 emissions by approximately 486 tonnes per year.
"With the introduction of the new e-vehicles, Aldi Nord is not only facing up to growing challenges in the global transport system, such as the increasing environmental pollution caused by road freight transport, but is also making a further contribution to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions," said Pascal Braun, managing director supply chain management at Aldi Nord in Germany.
Aldi Nord says CO2 emissions have already been reduced by 48% as part of its own sustainability targets to be achieved between 2015 and 2020.
The retailer plans to cut it by 55% by 2030.