Maersk will deploy its first electric truck to its United Kingdom network in Q3 2023 and will be looking at add more the late 2023 and 2024.
The truck will be owned and operated by Swain Group on the Maersk Landside network. Maersk’s long-term goal in the United Kingdom and Ireland is to move toward a fully electric trucking fleet to offer customers an environmentally friendly alternative for short-haul trucking.
The initial truck is the FM Electric manufactured by automotive company Volvo, with its low noise level and zero exhaust gases, the flexible and agile Volvo FM Electric can perform high capacity deliveries in urban city areas with less environmental impact. Potentially also in zero-emission zones or at hours of the day not accessible for diesel trucks.
Gary Jeffreys, Managing Director for Maersk UK & Ireland adds:
“We are delighted to be partnering with Swain on this significant step forward to delivering sustainable supply chain solutions to customers in the UK and Irish markets.
“Combining Landside solutions with the soon to be delivered vessels running on green methanol will allow us to start offering green end to end solutions for our customers and this will be the first of many initiatives to get us to net zero.”
Matthew Deer, Swain Group Managing Director adds:
“As a Group, we are committed to developing transport solutions for our customers that can help them deliver on their environmental and sustainability objectives. Our primary goal is that we will achieve net-zero carbon by 2040. We will do this through incremental improvements in driver training, telematics, to improve vehicle efficiency. We are always searching for sustainable solutions. Today, we are proud to introduce an electric, zero-emission truck, a significant milestone that signals more changes to come across the industry.”