Maersk to deploy 300 electric trucks in partnership with Einride
Trucks to be delivered between 2023-2025; to be used by Performance Team – A Maersk Company.
Danish carrier A.P.Moller-Maersk (Maersk) will add 300 electric trucks to its North America network, making it the largest heavy-duty electric truck deployment to date.
"The trucks will be delivered between 2023-2025 for use by Maersk's North American warehousing, distribution and transportation business called Performance Team – A Maersk Company," an official statement said.
"The trucks will be operated using Einride's digital road freight operating system and charging solutions. They will operate as part of Performance Team's road freight network."
Einride's e-trucks are assembled to set specifications throughout the U.S. The initial batch of trucks are Class 8 8TT Gen 3 manufactured by BYD. The partnership will initiate the first large-scale use of Einride's digital road freight operating system. The technology centralises decision-making by providing data integration with full transparency across the electromobility spectrum.
"This is one of the biggest deals ever made to make transportation sustainable, and it comes at a critical time," says Robert Falck, CEO, Einride. "Not only is the road freight industry responsible for close to 8 percent 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."
Maersk Growth invested in Einride in 2021 to work closely with an electric and technology-focused player and accelerate the decarbonisation of trucking activities. The partnership is part of a global framework enabling collaboration in locations also outside the U.S. in the future and Maersk is now accelerating these efforts with the North America order.
California-based Performance Team – A Maersk Company operates over 60 distribution and fulfilment centre locations in North America and transportation services that are complemented by Maersk s recent e-commerce logistics acquisition activities. The intended acquisition of Pilot Freight Services, which is under regulatory review prior to closing in Q2 2022, will add 87 additional locations serving first, middle and last mile logistics across the U.S.