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GE Appliances deploying fleet of electric trucks from Einride in Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee

GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, is deploying a fleet of electric freight vehicles on routes between the company’s inbound warehouses and its manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee. The move will increase efficiency, reliability and lower the cost of moving manufacturing materials and components in a critical segment of the company’s supply chain.


It will also provide data for the company to assess the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EV) to achieving its operation’s sustainability goals. This is the implementation phase of an agreement between GEA and Einride, a leader in providing electric and autonomous shipping solutions. (Earlier post.)

We’ve adopted many environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations. As we invest and expand our US manufacturing to better serve our customers, we will deploy Einride’s EV technology on routes we frequently use to move materials. That’s where use of these vehicles can have a big impact on reducing emissions and costs.

—Harry Chase, senior director for central materials, GE Appliances

The electric trucks are being driven on routes between facilities operated by the Port of Savannah, and GEA’s inbound warehousing and logistics centers, manufacturing sites, and finished-goods warehouses. The trucks have a range of 200 miles per charge and will cover an estimated 125,000 miles annually – eliminating 210 tons of CO2 emissions within the first year.

The EVs are being used in the following priority locations:

  • Georgia: Trucks are routed between the Port of Savannah’s Appalachian Regional Port, GEA’s nearby Southern Logistics Center in Crandall, and Roper Corporation, GEA’s cooking products manufacturing subsidiary in LaFayette.

  • Kentucky: Trucks travel from the company’s Kentucky Logistics Center to GEA’s massive Appliance Park campus, carrying parts that make GE, GE Profile, and Café refrigerators.

  • Tennessee: Starting next month, the focus will be moving finished Monogram refrigerators from the manufacturing facility to the warehouse to await shipping to customers.



125000 miles year, 200 miles range. That seems pretty heavy on the battery, these numbers suggest around 500 (dfull) cycles each year.
I wonder which kind of battery are they using.


Einride uses the Class 8 BYD 8TT battery-electric day cab trucks built in Lancaster, CA. The BYD 8TT will be equipped with a 563 kWh battery (LFP) and offer a range of up to 200 miles. Fast charging power peaks at 185 kW (CCS1 connector).
So the battery will last over 4000 cycles.


Thanks Gryf,
that's a pretty generous battery. 200 miles seems a bit low for that size, I think this must be a conservative number.
It's nice to see so many companies offering trucks similar to the Tesla semi. At this point one wonders if the Tesla semi will ever ship.


Tesla does need to start making the Semi if they still want to be in that business. Maybe they should consider using the BYD battery at least on the 300 mile range truck (they already have a contract with BYD). Save the 4680 for the long range truck, Similar to the way Tesla does on the Model 3/Y cars.


Tesla still has an advantage in chargers (they build infrastructure and worry about making it work, unlike the rest) which is important for this application.
There is also the question of fast charging; they promised fast charging at 2C. This is pretty much a battery destroyer in most chemistries. Let's see if Tesla keeps it's promise.

I am not sure BYD LFP can keep that kind of fast charging without too much degradation.


Tesla wanted to get the electric semi going, they did.
Now if they use BYD battery packs that makes sense, very practical


Tesla Standard Range Model 3 and Y use the Supercharger network with no degradation (these are CATL LFP batteries however BYD batteries should have similar charging behavior).

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