WattEV has ordered Volvo VNR Electric trucks to use in its truck-as-a-service program.

WattEV has ordered Volvo VNR Electric trucks to use in its truck-as-a-service program.

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Uber Freight is teaming up with WattEV and CHEP to deploy electric trucks on select routes in Southern California, using WattEV’s truck-as-a-service concept. WattEV will provide electric trucking capacity to Uber Freight shippers, starting with pallet and container pool company CHEP.

This partnership marks Uber Freight’s first EV deployment  As the industry experiments with sustainable alternatives to complement traditional capacity, this pilot will provide valuable insight into the logistical complexities of electrifying freight transportation, according to Uber Freight’s announcement.

CHEP will be the first shipper to participate in the pilot, prioritizing electric capacity on the Southern California route. Combining Uber Freight's network with WattEV’s electric fleet, the pilot will allow CHEP to book, schedule, and complete loads, track status and load KPIs, and manage paperwork via the Uber Freight Platform.

WattEV is building a network of heavy-duty charging facilities, starting in Southern California, that will serve fleets of electric trucks. It has been in testing with several shippers and carriers along major freight corridors. Expanding services through this partnership, routes are being developed from the Port of Long Beach to the Inland Empire and Central Valley and will be expanded to Northern California and Arizona.

“Combining our transport business and our Truck-as-a-Service model, we are able to use Uber Freight’s digital platform to serve the shippers and their customers with our zero-emission truck routes and services,” said Salim Youssefzadeh, CEO of WattEV.

Launched in 2017, Uber Freight combines one of the largest networks of digitally enabled carriers with logistics technology and transportation services.

“Electric trucks will have a profound impact on logistics, and we’re excited to build the technology platform to enable their seamless integration into supply chains,” said Uber Freight Head of Sustainability Illina Frankiv.

“Our business relies on heavy-duty road transport, which is one of the biggest challenges to transition our value chain to net-zero emissions by 2040, CHEP's long-term decarbonization goal,” said Marisa Sánchez Urrea, director of global supply chain decarbonisation at Brambles, CHEP’s parent company. “This first electric truck pilot in the U.S., in partnership with Uber Freight and WattEV, is a step in the right direction as we move towards a net positive impact.”

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