Decarbonizing its road fleet in India, A.P. Moller Maersk is switching to electric vehicles for transporting cargo to customers as the integrated logistics company aims to become net zero by 2040.
“Road transportation forms the backbone for supporting end-to-end logistics. To serve our customers, we have a large fleet of vehicles with which we are covering 77% of postal codes across India. With the unveiling of our Electric Vehicles today, we are now taking steps toward decarbonizing this fleet that will contribute to the larger ambition of becoming net zero by 2040,” the company said during the unveiling of its electric-powered vehicle on Thursday.
Maersk in the first phase will deploy its electric-powered vehicles across Tier I cities with a focus on an overall radius of 100km.
“The deployment will be for B2B middle mile distribution. Our EVs can cover a distance of around 100 km with a maximum of 650 kg payload. Next in line will be the EV trailers with a payload of up to 25 Mt,” the company said.
Leased from Bangalore-based advanced battery technology start-up Log9 Materials, the EVs under middle mile distribution will run between Maersk’s warehouses and customer warehouses or stores.
Equipped with fast charging technology, the newly deployed EVs are capable of getting to 100% charge in just 45mins. Maersk will set up the charging station for the EVs at its warehouses.
Moller-Maersk aims to have 50 electric vehicles on its fleet by the end of the year.