Automotive Logistics: Finished vehicle logistics challenge and solution

Finished Vehicle Logistics

Electra Meccanica is a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles. The company designed and manufactures the innovative, all-electric SOLO, a single-passenger vehicle developed to revolutionize the way people commute. Crane Worldwide Logistics immediately recognized the SOLO was an innovative product that required unique shipping solutions. 

The Challenge

Electra Meccanica needed to ship single-passenger SOLO cars from its manufacturing facility in Chongqing, China, to Los Angeles, United States, and Vancouver, Canada. 

Typically, cars are loaded using the roll-on/roll-off method and are exposed to the elements as they are shipped. 

One key challenge when shipping vehicles is the damage that can incur during the process. 

Crane Worldwide Logistics needed to ensure that the cargo arrived safe and at the expected quality levels.

Our Solution

Crane Worldwide Logistics worked closely with shipping partners to implement a top-of-the line racking system that would be instrumental in shipping multiple cars with no damage. 

Using their automotive knowledge and expertise, the team created a customized solution due to the technical nature of the product providing a solution of strapping the cars into a container and providing a rack system that allowed 6-7 cars to be shipped at once in a single container. 

This solution ensured a start-to-finish container shipment that was efficient and protected.

“Electra Meccanica chose Crane Worldwide Logistics as they showed great care and attention to detail. They understand our specific requirements and the technicalities of shipping a sustainable vehicle.”

The Result

Working in partnership with Electra Meccanica, the automotive experts at Crane Worldwide Logistics were able to identify the key challenges facing the organization's imports from China. Implementing a unique racking system with its partners, the team facilitates the transportation of multiple cars in containers to final destination resulting in significant transportation cost savings for the company. 

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