After running Einride electric trucks in operations in Europe in 2020, Oatly Group plans to introduce electric heavy-duty trucks into the company’s ground transportation in North America.
Oatly will add five electric trucks to its initial fleet in the U.S. The trucks will run out of the company’s operating factories in Ogden, Utah, and Millville, New Jersey. Multi-purpose routes are scheduled routinely from Oatly plants to nearby recycling and packaging partners.
Einride, Oatly’s existing electric shipping partner in Europe, now serves as the company’s freight mobility partner in North America. For Oatly, Einride provides electric freight solutions including connected electric trucks, charging infrastructure and connectivity services, all powered by Einride Saga, which manages a proprietary operating system for efficient shipping, Oatly officials said in a press release.
The trucks will help the company meet its goal to shift to 100% sustainable ground transport for its products and materials by 2029, Oatly officials said.
Based on estimates from Einride, this fleet of five trucks in the U.S. will save Oatly an estimated 400,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide over the next year, as compared to using diesel trucks on the same routes. That’s a carbon footprint reduction of 87% on selected routes.
As one of the first companies in Europe to implement a fleet of heavy-duty electric trucks beginning in October 2020, Oatly operates four electric trucks across various routes in the region, specifically in Sweden, which operate 24/7 live transports between Oatly production facilities and warehouse partners. In Europe, Oatly sees an 87% reduction in CO2 with its fleet of four electric trucks and expects to save 2,000 tons of CO2 in the European region by the fifth year of the initiative’s operations. Eighteen months since launch, this projection remains on track.