LOUISVILLE, Ky. – GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, 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 will increase efficiency, and reliability and lower the cost of moving manufacturing materials and components in a critical segment of the company’s supply chain. It will also provide data for the company to assess the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EV) to achieve its operation’s sustainability goals. This is the implementation phase of an agreement between GEA and Einride, a leader in providing electric and autonomous shipping solutions.
“We’ve adopted many environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations,” said Harry Chase, senior director for central materials, GE Appliances. “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 the use of these vehicles can have a big impact on reducing emissions and costs.”
The new electric trucks are being driven on routes between the Port of Savannah and GEA’s inbound warehousing and logistics centers. These trucks have a range of 200 miles per charge and will cover 125,000 miles annually. This initiative will help to reduce 210 tons of CO2 emissions within the first year.
The EV trucks are being used in the following priority locations:
- Georgia: Trucks are routed between the Port of Savannah’s Appalachian Regional Port, GEA’s nearby Southern Logistics Center in Crandall, and Roper Corporation, GEA’s cooking products manufacturing subsidiary in LaFayette.
- Kentucky: Trucks travel from the company’s Kentucky Logistics Center to GEA’s massive Appliance Park campus, carrying parts that make GE, GE Profile, and Café refrigerators.
- Tennessee: Starting next month, the focus will be on moving finished Monogram refrigerators from the manufacturing facility to the warehouse to await shipping to customers.
“GE Appliances has been pivotal to our U.S. expansion with their commitment to building a more strategic, sustainable supply chain,” said Niklas Reinedahl, general manager, North America at Einride. “Deployment of this electric fleet together with their support of our autonomous EV solutions initiative will allow GEA to further reduce its environmental footprint. We’re excited to see the impact of our technology in action.”
Since 2016, GE Appliances has invested more than $2 billion in its nine U.S. plants and nationwide distribution network. The investments have resulted in the creation of more than 4,000 new jobs.