Major beer producer Heineken and Einride have become partners, with the aim of providing Heineken with electric trucks. The latter will be used to run along an international route, the one between HEINEKEN’s Den Bosch brewery in the Netherlands and the Duisburg distribution centre in Germany. This is in line with HEINEKEN’s ambition to reach net-zero carbon emissions in the value chain by 2040, with logistics representing 12% of their total carbon footprint.
Heineken to use Mercedes eActros electric trucks
The first wave of the project consists of the full deployment of Einride’s offering. This encompasses the deployment of electric trucks fuelled by renewable energy, the establishment of charging infrastructure and the integration of the AI-driven operating system, Einride Saga, powering the full ecosystem. An initial fleet of 5 trucks of the model Mercedes eActros 300 will transport ten daily full truck loads (~540 km per truck).
The charging infrastructure built to power the routes is based on Kempower charging solution, integrated with Saga. Utilizing data-driven insights, Saga will optimize routes, minimize energy consumption, and precisely monitor reductions in emissions.
“At Einride, with a highly ambitious, sustainable driven team, we see HEINEKEN as an ideal partner on a clearly defined path to reduce emissions. As HEINEKEN’s actions towards net-zero span across the entire value chain, we are happy to help them achieve this goal by joining forces on a cross-border electrification journey”, commented Robert Ziegler, General Manager EMEA at Einride.
“Decarbonization of logistics will play a key role in achieving HEINEKEN’s net-zero commitments. At this stage, battery electric is one of the best-positioned technologies to decarbonize road freight. Einride has the knowledge, network and experience to offer long-term end-to-end electric freight capacity services at competitive conditions. Their capability to bind equipment manufacturers, transportation companies, carriers, drivers, and authorities together to smoothly organize logistics in critical parts of our network makes them a great partner”, added Arjen van der Woude, HEINEKEN’s Director Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain.