Global companies Einride and Maersk are involved in major project aimed at reducing emissions by increasing the use of electric and connected trucks. In fact, Swedish freight technology company Einride will provide 300 e-trucks, in the largest operational contract for electric heavy-duty road freight deployment to date. The connected e-trucks will be delivered between 2023-2025 and will give their contribution to electrify Maersk’s North American warehousing, distribution and transportation business in select U.S. cities.
Also charging and connectivity
In addition to the aforementioned trucks, the project also mentions at least 150 charging and connectivity services, all of which are integrated using Einride’s data-driven operating system, Saga. «This is one of the biggest deals ever made to make transportation sustainable, and it comes at a critical time», said Robert Falck, CEO of Einride. «Not only is the road freight industry responsible for close to 8% of all global CO2 emissions – a number that will continue to grow if cost-effective change is not made today – but you also have a world that is more aware than ever before about the urgent need to shift to electric. I admire Maersk for its boldness in leading the way – for standing out in its commitments as a shipper to tangibly make the transition happen».
Einride: connected e-trucks for Maersk to decarbonize operations
In the near future, Maersk North America will be charging its entire fleet with 100% renewable electricity, and it will have the ability to offer customers an environmentally friendly alternative for short-haul trucking. «Our customers are looking for tangible actions on sustainable supply chains – not just conceptual», said Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean & Logistics, A.P. Moller – Maersk. «Today’s order is an important step in building our end-to-end, landside decarbonisation foundation while also addressing customers’ inland transportation pain points. Maersk has a comprehensive decarbonisation plan in motion for our Ocean activities which represent 93% of all company-related emissions. This order marks the expansion of our ambitions to cover all services across transport modes».
Einride’s connected electric trucks are assembled to set specifications throughout the U.S., with the initial delivery of vehicles being assembled in California.