The Mars group plans to put 300 electric heavy goods vehicles on the roads of Europe by 2030. The agri-food giant speaks of “ the largest electrification of road freight transport ever carried out on European soil ».
300 electric heavy goods vehicles for the giant Mars
With its 50 global brands, the Mars empire is one of the major groups that pollute around the world, particularly because of the transport of its goods. The American giant plans to make its electric transformation over the next seven years. March promises to install 300 electric heavy goods vehicles on the roads in Europe by 2030.
Mars will work with the Swedish company Einride, a start-up specializing in electric trucks. The first routes will be electrified this year in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. For Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride, “ this initiative will create a precedent “. He is convinced that “ other players in the freight transport sector will do the same thing ».
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Mars’ decision to transform its fleet will in any case highlight the potential of large-scale electrification. By putting 300 electric trucks on the roads, Mars says it will be able to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes per year. That’s about a 10% drop each year.
The first trips will concern the transport of pet food. They will be operated between the Pet Nutrition factory in Verden, Germany, to the logistics center in Mindin. A distance of 91 kilometers for a one-way trip. Both sites are equipped with charging stations. Electric heavy goods vehicles will easily be able to make a complete round trip, with the possibility of recharging on either side if necessary.
What types of trucks to make this transition?
The Einride company has already supplied Mars with two Mercedes-Benz eActros 300s and two charging stations with four terminals. These electric heavy-duty trucks are equipped with three packs of 105 kWh each, for a total of 315 kWh. Enough to do 300 kilometers in normal conditions. These first two eActros 300s will soon be joined by other trucks. Mars did not specify which models these would be.
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Einride sources its supplies from several manufacturers. Soon, European Union regulations will leave businesses with no choice but to go electric. Enough to reduce CO2 emissions by several billion tonnes per year. Mars’ switch to electric will be complemented by an autonomous driving pilot project from 2025.
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