Wallenius Wilhelmsen announced it's partnering with Einride to provide battery-electric trucks for Keen Transport’s heavy-haul fleet. The Einride trucks will be used in Georgia for shuttle runs between the Port of Savannah and Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s nearby processing center in Pooler.
Einride will deploy an initial fleet of three Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and the charging infrastructure needed to power the fleet. Einride Saga, the freight mobility platform, will power the fleet to unlock efficiencies and reduce administrative hurdles.
Einride will support the trucks throughout their working life through ongoing insights provided via Einride Saga as well as driver training, truck maintenance, and dispatch services.
Mike Rye, senior vice president of high and heavy services, North America, said it was crucial to ensure the electric trucks could support the size of the loads and then complete the turnaround times of the existing trucks.
“The average loads we haul for the construction and mining industry are large and heavy," Rye explained. "We have run numerous tests to determine the load capacity and charging needs so that we can continue to operate in the efficient and timely manner that our customers are accustomed to."
For now, the trucks will be used for machines and parts loads of less than 80,000 pounds and will haul those loads using Keen’s existing fleet of specialized trailers.
About Wallenius Wilhelmsen
The Wallenius Wilhelmsen group manages the distribution of cars, trucks, rolling equipment, and breakbulk to customers all over the world. The company operates around 125 vessels servicing 15 trade routes to six continents, a global inland distribution network, 66 processing centers, and eight marine terminals.
About Keen Transport
Wallenius Wilhelmsen acquired Keen Transport in 2018 and it has become a part of the company’s operations to provide heavy haul transportation and other value-added logistics services for construction, mining, and agricultural equipment manufacturers and their dealers.
Einride designs, develops, and deploys technologies for freight mobility. Founded in 2016, Einride became the first company in the world to deploy an autonomous, electric vehicle on a public road in 2019 and became the first company to receive approval to operate the vehicle on a U.S. public road in 2022.