Distributed Energy Resources, Industrial - July 6, 2022
GE Appliances Adds Fleet of Electric Trucks
GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, is deploying a fleet of electric freight vehicles on routes between the company’s inbound warehouses and its manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee.
These trucks will increase efficiency and reliability, and lower the cost of moving manufacturing materials and components in the company’s supply chain. The vehicles will also provide data for the company to assess the environmental benefits of EVs to achieve its operation’s sustainability goals. This is the implementation phase of an agreement between GEA and Einride, a company that provides electric and autonomous shipping solutions.
“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, in a statement. “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 are being driven on routes between facilities operated by the Port of Savannah, and GEA’s inbound warehousing and logistics centers, manufacturing sites and finished-goods warehouses. The trucks have a range of 200 miles per charge and will cover an estimated 125,000 miles annually, eliminating 210 tons of CO2 emissions within the first year.
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