Global shipping giant Maersk plans to add 300 electric trucks to its North American network. The initial batch of e-trucks will consist of Class 8 8TT Gen 3 models from BYD.
The trucks will be delivered between 2023 and 2025 for use by Maersk’s North American warehousing, distribution and transportation business. They will be operated using Einride’s digital road freight operating system and charging solutions.
Maersk Growth, the venture arm of Maersk parent company A.P. Moller-Maersk, invested in Einride, a technology company that provides freight mobility solutions, in 2021, and the companies plan to work closely together to accelerate the decarbonization of trucking. Maersk’s long-term goal in North America is to move toward a fully electric trucking fleet.
“Our customers are looking for tangible actions on sustainable supply chains—not just conceptual,” said Moller-Maersk CEO of Ocean and Logistics Vincent Clerc. “Today’s order is an important step in building our end-to-end, landside decarbonization foundation while also addressing customers’ inland transportation pain points. Maersk has a comprehensive decarbonization 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.”
“This is one of the biggest deals ever made to make transportation sustainable, and it comes at a critical time,” said Einride CEO Robert Falck. “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.”