GE Appliances adding Electric Freight Vehicles for facilities in three states

July 11, 2022
The trucks will run between warehouses and manufacturing facilities and are expected to help reduce CO2 emissions by 210 tons in the first year of operation

Home appliances maker GE Appliances is using electric freight vehicles on routes between its warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, as part of the implementation phase of its agreement with Einride.

The use of these vehicles is expected to improve efficiency, reliability and lower transport costs, says the firm. It will also provide data to evaluate the environmental benefits of EV adoption and its contribution to achieving its sustainability goals.

“We’ve adopted many environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations,” said Harry Chase, senior director for central materials, GE Appliances. “As we invest and expand our U.S. manufacturing to better serve our customers, we will deploy Einride’s EV technology on routes we frequently use to move materials. That’s where use of these vehicles can have a big impact on reducing emissions and costs.”

The EV trucks will be used on the following routes:

·        Between Georgia Port Authority’s Appalachian Regional Port, GEA’s nearby Southern Logistics Center in Crandall, and Roper Corporation

·         Between the Kentucky Logistics Center to GEA’s massive Appliance Park campus

·         Between the manufacturing facility in Tennessee to the warehouse, starting August 2022

 The trucks have a range of 200 miles on a single charge and can cover an estimated 125,000 miles annually. These trucks can eliminate 210 tons of CO2 emissions in the first year of operations.

Using EV trucks brings GEA closer to accomplishing its Citizenship goals according to Shannon Fitzpatrick, senior sustainability manager at GE Appliances. “GEA is a member of the U.N. Global Compact. Integrating EV trucks into our domestic supply chain is another ambitious step to run our operations in more sustainable ways and reduce the carbon footprint of our supply chain.”

Einride is a Swedish-based transport company focused on electric and autonomous vehicles. Founded six years ago, Einride has developed commercial relationships with companies such as DB Schenker and cargo firm Maersk.

Last month, it received approval by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to operates self-driving electriv vehicles on public roads.