DP World, Canary Media Explore Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Dynamics

‘Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of an Electric Vehicle-Centric Manufacturing Supply Chain’ examines how the transition to electric vehicles is impacting supply chains.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Growing demand for electric vehicles is reshaping manufacturing supply chains, according to a new report by

Available for download now, the report provides an examination of how this shift impacts manufacturing supply chains. It sheds light on key areas such as the critical role of batteries, the transformation of factory floor logistics, the changing demands for parts and maintenance, and the integration of circular economy principles. This analysis is crucial for stakeholders in the automotive and logistics sectors to understand the complexities and prospects of the EV-centric environment.

“As the world moves towards a more sustainable future with electric vehicles, it’s imperative to understand the implications for the supply chain. Our report offers valuable insights into how companies can navigate this transition, highlighting both the challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Brian Enright, CEO and Managing Director of DP World, Americas.

The report examines some of the most consequential evolutions for U.S. manufacturers across the emerging EV supply chain, including:

  • The Battery Supply Chain. The battery supply chain for EVs is central to the industry, with batteries being the costliest component. This is driving focus on the proximity between battery production and EV assembly lines. The shift to EVs necessitates changes in factory infrastructure and logistics, including specialized storage and transport to handle battery safety concerns and to accommodate their substantial weight and size.
  • From Factory Floor to the Customer Door. For EV supply chains, there is a need for substantial alterations in established car manufacturing facilities to adapt to the unique requirements of EV production, such as equipment for heavy battery handling. This transition also influences logistics, necessitating a shift from traditional manufacturing processes to methods that accommodate the distinct nature of EVs, including changes in storage, transport, and delivery to ensure safety and efficiency.
  • Low-Maintenance EVs. Lower maintenance than their ICE counterparts, EVs significantly reduce the number and complexity of traditional automotive parts and maintenance services. This shift is leading to changes in supply chain and logistics practices, with a move towards more streamlined and efficient processes.
  • The Circular Economy of EVs. The report underscores the potential of a circular economy in the EV sector, emphasizing the repurposing of reusable minerals for new batteries and reducing reliance on imported minerals. This approach not only bolsters supply chain reliability and reduces geopolitical risks but also aligns with environmental sustainability by fostering recycling and reuse of critical battery components.

Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of an Electric Vehicle-Centric Manufacturing Supply Chain” is available now on the Canary Media website.


Trade is the lifeblood of the global economy, creating opportunities and improving the quality of life for people around the world. DP World exists to make the world’s trade flow better, changing what’s possible for the customers and communities we serve globally.

With a dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 103,000 employees spanning 75 countries on six continents, DP World is pushing trade further and faster towards a seamless supply chain that’s fit for the future.

We’re rapidly transforming and integrating our businesses — Ports and Terminals, Marine Services, Logistics and Technology – and uniting our global infrastructure with local expertise to create stronger, more efficient end-to-end supply chain solutions that can change the way the world trades.

What’s more, we’re reshaping the future by investing in innovation. From intelligent delivery systems to automated warehouse stacking, we’re at the cutting edge of disruptive technology, pushing the sector towards better ways to trade, minimising disruptions from the factory floor to the customer’s door.


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About Canary Creative

Canary Creative works with companies and nonprofit organizations to develop thought leadership and reach Canary Media’s audience. Canary Media is an independent, nonprofit newsroom covering the transition to clean energy and solutions to the climate crisis. We report on how the world is decarbonizing — from electricity to transportation, buildings and industry — with a critical focus on finding out what works and what doesn’t.


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