New electric vehicles from Einride will operate on high-frequency routes in GE Appliances’s
U.S. supply chain.
Furthering company’s commitment to sustainable operations
By YSN Staff
GE Appliances 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.
The move, the vendor said, will increase efficiency, reliability and lower the cost of moving manufacturing materials and components in a critical segment of the company’s supply chain. The three-state rollout will also allow GE to assess the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) in achieving the operation’s sustainability goals.
GE has partnered with Einride, a leader in providing electric and autonomous shipping solutions, in developing its electrified fleet.
“We’ve adopted many environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations,” said Harry Chase, GE’s senior director for central materials. “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 GE’s inbound warehousing and logistics centers, manufacturing sites and finished-goods warehouses, the company said. The trucks have a range of 200 miles per charge and will cover an estimated 125,000 miles annually, eliminating 210 tons of carbon dioxide emissions within the first year.