Maersk announces largest heavy-duty electric truck deployment to date

Maersk | Performance Team | Einride

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has announced it will add 300 electric trucks to its North American network.

The HGVs will be delivered between 2023 and 2025 and will be used by Maersk’s warehousing, distribution, and transportation business called Performance Team – A Maersk Company.

The trucks are being deployed in partnership with Einride and each vehicle will utilise its digital road freight operation system and charging solutions.

“Our customers are looking for tangible actions on sustainable supply chains – not just conceptual. Today’s order is an important step in building our end-to-end, landside decarbonisation foundation while also addressing customers inland transportation pain points,” said Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean & Logistics at Maersk.

“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.”

The e-trucks are assembled to set specification throughout the US. The initial batch was manufactured by BYD Auto CO., Ltd.

Robert Falck, CEO of Einride, added: “This is one of the biggest deals ever made to make transportation sustainable, and it comes at a critical time.

“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.”

Maersk Growth initially invested in Einride in 2021 with an intention to accelerate the decaronisation of trucking activities.

Maersk’s long-term goal in North America is to move towards a fully electric trucking fleet to offer customers an environmentally friendly alternative for short-haul trucking.

The company demonstrated its commitment to the environment by joining Amazon’s Climate Pledge.

The scheme calls on companies and organisations across the world to be net zero carbon across their business by the year 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris agreement.

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