MALMÖ, Sweden, June 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oatly Group AB (“OTLY”) (“Oatly” or the “Company”), the world’s first and largest oat beverage company, announced today introducing electric power, heavy-duty trucks to the Company’s ground transportation in North America. Finding initial success with the use of electric trucks as part of the company’s transport operations in Europe from 2020, Oatly is now expanding the initiative to include an initial fleet of five electric trucks in the United States as part of of its ambition to lead by example as a future company, Oatly aims to transition to 100% sustainable ground transportation for its products and materials by 2029. The introduction of electric trucks into US operations helps achieve this ambition .
“Oatly is on a mission to transform the global food system into one that is healthier for people and the planet. A critical part of this system includes the transportation that we and the wider food and beverage industry use throughout the supply chain,” said Chi Mbachu, vice president of logistics at Oatly, North America. North. “Any improvement we can make across our business to have less impact on the environment, including in our transport logistics, is a step in the right direction and something we are constantly striving for at Oatly. We are excited to put these electric trucks on the roads in North America and continue our global transition to sustainable ground transportation.
Einride, a leader in providing electric and autonomous shipping solutions and Oatly’s existing electric shipping partner in Europe, now serves as the company’s freight mobility partner in North America. For Oatly, Einride provides electric freight solutions including connected electric trucks, charging infrastructure and connectivity services, all powered by Einride Saga, which runs a proprietary operating system that ensures optimized and efficient shipping.
Einride estimates that using this fleet of five trucks in the United States will save Oatly around 400,000 kg of CO2 over the next year, compared to using diesel trucks on the same routes. This represents an 87% reduction in carbon footprint on certain routes, compared to using diesel trucks. Oatly uses its fleet of five electric trucks from its two currently operating factories in the United States, located in Ogden, UT and Millville, NJ. Multi-purpose routes are scheduled regularly from Oatly factories to nearby recycling and packaging partners.
As one of the first companies in Europe to introduce a fleet of heavy-duty electric trucks from October 2020, Oatly operates four electric trucks on different routes in the region, particularly in Sweden, which provide transport in direct 24/7 between Oatly production facilities and warehouse partners. In Europe, Oatly sees an 87% reduction in CO2 emissions using the fleet of four electric trucks, compared to diesel equivalents on the same routes, and expects to save 2,000 tonnes of CO2 in the European region by the initiative’s fifth year of operation. Eighteen months after its launch, this projection remains on track.
We are the first and largest oatmeal beverage company in the world. For more than 25 years, we have focused exclusively on developing expertise around oats: a global energy crop with intrinsic properties suitable for sustainability and human health. Our commitment to oats has resulted in fundamental technical advancements that have allowed us to unlock the breadth of the dairy portfolio, including milk alternatives, ice cream, yogurt, cooking creams, spreads and drinks to go. Based in Malmö, Sweden, the Oatly brand is available in over 25 countries worldwide.
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