To what extent is WWL involved in the supply chain for alternative fuels?
WWL is shipping vehicles powered by internal combustion engines as well as alternative fuels. The alternative fuel vehicle category includes vehicles powered entirely by lithium ion batteries. We also ship hi-tech equipment needed for new battery cell production facilities around the world.
How would you describe the current state of international EV battery and lithium-ion supply chains?
In general, participants in the electric vehicle supply chain are today investing in new facility capabilities, such as charging stations, and enhancing both their technical competence as well as their procedures to ensure a seamless flow through their networks.
What are the emerging challenges of such supply chain management?
Supply chain participants are increasingly engaged in the transport of computers on wheels whose technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Suppliers and finished vehicle manufacturers must synchronize the frequency of their collaboration and information sharing with this pace to avoid the wrong kind of ‘disruption.’
How is WWL adapting to the meet these challenges?
Approximately 3 years ago WWL formed a dedicated workgroup to strengthen our technical understanding of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric vehicles, in relation to the WWL ocean transportation process. The workgroup not only leveraged WWL operational expertise, but also sought input from external technical experts as well as our customers to enhance WWL’s handling, stowage and on-board routines.
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Most importantly, WWL has strengthened our technical expertise of alternative fuelled vehicles and built a platform for a collaborative dialogue with our customers as the technology and their needs evolve.