Swedish automated electric vehicle tech specialist Einride and the food company Oatly are to expand their partnership to electrify Oatly’s North American fleet. Einride has already been managing and operating electric trucks for Oatly in Sweden since 2020.
In the USA, five connected electric trucks from Einride, complete with charging infrastructure and connectivity services, will be put into operation by Oatly at its plants in Ogden, Utah, and Millville, New Jersey, over the next year. These will operate on trips to nearby recycling and packaging partners. Einride ordered 200 electric trucks from BYD in February 2022 for use in the US. A press photo published by Oatly to announce the expansion of their partnership into North America shows exactly this BYD model.
As BYD stated in the order, the majority of the vehicles are BYD’s 3rd generation extended-range 8TTs, with cab designs by Wolfgang Josef Egger, former Audi chief designer. The vehicles are equipped with 563 kWh lithium iron phosphate batteries. They have a charging capacity of up to 185 kW. The range of the 8TT is 200 miles (about 320 kilometres) per charge, according to the company.
In Sweden, the two Swedish companies collaborate with four electric trucks across various routes in the region that operate 24/7 live transports between Oatly production facilities and warehouse partners.
Einride is best known for its futuristic-looking T-Pod, an autonomous truck. However, vehicles like the BYD trucks for the USA or the 120 Mercedes eActros ordered in Europe are not yet autonomous. They are, however, managed by Einride software called Saga, which controls operations.
In March this year, Einride partnered with Maersk for extensive cooperation in the USA. Einride will provide Maersk with 300 electric trucks between 2023 and 2025.
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