Einride, a pioneer in electric and autonomous freight transport, is expanding its services to the Middle East, following a partnership with the UAE government to accelerate the transition to sustainable shipping in the region.
Founded in 2016, the Swedish startup is on a mission to decarbonise the industry by developing and deploying a holistic freight mobility ecosystem. This includes its electric and autonomous fleets, called its intelligent platform Einiride Sagacharging infrastructure and connectivity networks.
Einride, which is already operating in Europe and the US, has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE government to roll out its ecosystem over a 550 km stretch through Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The so-called Falcon Rise Grid will include 2,000 electric trucks, 200 autonomous trucks and eight charging stations with more than 500 charging points. Einride will develop the project over the course of five years.
“This partnership goes to the heart of what Einride offers: the transformation to an effective and sustainable shipping that is all-electric,” said Robert Falck, founder and CEO of Einride. The company, which works with global firms such as Coca Cola and Oatly, says its customers have seen emissions cuts of up to 95% while remaining cost competitive.
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“Through this partnership with Einride, we aim to leverage the latest technological advancements to reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of freight operations across the region,” said HE. Sharif Alolama, UAE Secretary of State for Energy and Petroleum Affairs.
The Falcon Rise Grid project in the UAE follows a series of market expansions over the past 12 months, including Germany, Benelux and the UK. Einride’s presence in the Middle East is also another important milestone for the startup. In 2019, the company became the first in the world to deploy an electric autonomous vehicle on public roads in Sweden. In 2022, it became the first company to receive approval to do the same in the US.