The Swedish pilot proves electric trucks can handle heavy loads if managed properly, says Einride.

The Swedish pilot proves electric trucks can handle heavy loads if managed properly, says Einride.

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A Swedish oat drink company reported it reduced its carbon footprint by 87% on selected routes in its first month using Einride’s electric trucks and freight mobility platform.

The first of October, Oatly started using the battery-electric trucks to move Oatly's products from its production facilities in Sweden, to destinations within the local market.

Sweden-based Einride may have attracted the most attention for its electric, autonomous cargo Pods, but it’s also developing regular electric trucks. Oatly is one of the first companies in the world to operate a full fleet of Einride electric trucks daily, on-site. 

During the first month of operation, the trucks have driven over 8,600 electric km (about 5,344 miles) and as a result have saved over 10,500 kg, or 23,149 pounds, of CO2 compared to diesel. 

The collaboration between the two sustainability-minded companies was first announced in May 2020 and took less than six months to come to fruition. It currently runs around the clock at Oatly’s Swedish facilities, and is coordinated by the Einride intelligent freight mobility platform for maximum efficiency and emissions reduction.

“This partnership debunks the myth that electric trucks cannot handle heavy loads,” said Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride. “When supported by intelligent software, heavy loads and long distances are entirely possible, and our freight mobility platform has proven this already with its ability to coordinate all details of the Oatly vehicle transport in real-time. We measure minute-by-minute, everything from drivers, pallets, loading bays, route choices, and loading points to make electric trucks both smart and profitable for our partners.” 

“Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, and we work hard to lower our emissions across the board,” said Simon Broadbent, supply chain director at Oatly, in a release. “This includes our emissions for transports, which is why we are now shifting to electrical vehicles.”

Broadbent added that Oatly will be investigating possible expansions with Einride pending a successful execution and performance of this pilot.

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