Einride’s impressive development plan continues with the announcement it is providing its sustainable logistics solution to German grocery retailer Rewe.
The collaboration will involve a connected fleet of seven fully electric Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 trucks.
The electric trucks will be responsible for delivering goods to approximately 306 supermarkets in Berlin and Brandenburg from Rewe’s logistics centers in Oranienburg and Berlin-Mariendorf. To further enhance its eco-friendly fleet, Rewe plans to add four additional electric trucks for its Oranienburg operations by the end of this year. The trucks will be charged using DC charging infrastructure at the two logistics centers.
Sven Wallisch, Head of Transport Logistics Region East at Rewe, highlights the environmental benefits of the electric fleet, stating, “By using the seven electric trucks, we save up to 189 tonnes of CO2 per year.” Each eActros truck has a gross vehicle weight of 27 tonnes, can accommodate 18 Euro pallets, and boasts a range of up to 300km thanks to its 336kWh battery capacity.
Rewe’s collaboration with Einride builds upon a previous pilot project. The company participated in a feasibility study conducted by Fraunhofer ISI in 2021, which focused on the use of electric trucks for urban logistics. Wallisch shares insights from the study, noting that “the currently available ranges of battery electric trucks are often sufficient to manage the urban truck routes analysed in the study and almost half of the regional duty cycles.”
In addition to its partnership with Einride, Rewe is actively conducting various tests with alternative drive technologies this year. Recently, the company trialled a Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell truck at its logistics center in Cologne-Langel, underlining its commitment to exploring sustainable transportation options.