Embark Partners with Industrial Real Estate Firm Alterra to Open Transfer Points and Accelerate Rollout of Embark Coverage Map
Partnership leverages Alterra’s existing national real estate portfolio and focused private equity funds, together totaling more than $1.5 billion, to provide Embark access to transfer points in key freight markets where Embark carrier partners plan to operate
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Embark Trucks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EMBK, “Embark”), a leading developer of autonomous technology for the trucking industry, today announced a strategic partnership with Alterra Property Group, one of the largest and first real estate investment companies in the US focused on industrial outdoor storage properties, to identify and launch transfer point sites across the US Sunbelt. These new transfer points will increase the reach of the Embark Coverage Map and enable new autonomous trucking lanes as Embark prepares for commercial deployment of its technology in 2024.
Since it pioneered the transfer point model and opened the industry’s first transfer point in 2019, Embark has carefully developed the operational expertise and technical specifications required to launch new transfer point sites. In September 2021, Embark announced a plan to launch up to 100 transfer points across the US, working with Ryder to provide onsite operations, maintenance, and fleet management in support of seamless coast-to-coast autonomous truck operations. Through this partnership with Alterra, Embark will look to access the real estate it needs to activate a nationwide transfer point network and execute against its long-term commercialization goals.
Alterra is an ideal partner for Embark as it seeks to expand the set of sites included in the Embark Coverage Map. Alterra specializes in industrial outdoor storage properties that can accommodate vehicle and trailer parking, and will identify, purchase, and lease sites optimally sized and located for transfer points. The company currently owns a nationwide real estate portfolio with over 100 properties located across 27 states. This portfolio will substantially expand through Alterra’s fully discretionary private equity fund that is currently investing nationally with capacity up to $1.5 billion. Alterra plans to deploy new and existing funding to acquire dozens of AV-ready sites in major markets like Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta, that could be utilized by Embark and its carrier partners over the next several years.
“Industrial outdoor storage as an asset class has yet to be institutionalized, making it difficult for tenants with specific and nationwide real estate needs, like Embark, to systematically access a network of suitable sites,” said Leo Addimando, Managing Partner of Alterra Property Group. “As a leader in this asset class on our way to accumulating a multi-billion dollar portfolio, we have the ability to provide Embark a strategic advantage when it comes to identifying, securing, and developing a nationwide network of autonomous-ready sites.”
In the short term, Embark and Alterra intend to identify standardized, turn-key sites that provide Embark the ability to quickly scale up at a particular site with minimal lead time or development costs. Over time, Embark and Alterra will investigate more creative physical and economic structures, such as allowing Embark to grow across a site over time or allowing Alterra to participate in the economic upside of onsite activity through per-use price structures.
“Alterra can provide the real estate portfolio, market expertise, and capital required to activate a nationwide real estate network of transfer points, enabling Embark to remain asset-light and focused on our SaaS business model,” said Sam Abidi, Chief Commercial Officer at Embark. “Working with Alterra should give Embark flexible access to a portfolio of AV-ready properties in Sunbelt markets where we plan to expand, and marks another key step in our rollout of the Embark Coverage Map.”
Embark Trucks, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed Embark Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: EMBK), is an autonomous vehicle company building the software powering autonomous trucks, focused on improving the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of the nearly $700 billion a year trucking market. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA since its founding in 2016, Embark is America’s longest-running self-driving truck program. The company partners with some of the largest shippers and carriers in the nation, collectively representing over 35,000 trucks and $22 billion in annual freight spend.
Embark’s mission is to realize a world where consumers pay less for the things they need, drivers stay close to the homes they cherish, and roads are safer for the people we love. To learn more about Embark, visit embarktrucks.com.
Alterra Property Group, LLC (“Alterra”) is an institutional real estate investment, development and management company focusing on industrial outdoor storage and multi-family/mixed-use developments. Since 2005, Alterra has executed hundreds of real estate transactions across 30 states, including the acquisition of over 100 industrial outdoor storage properties over the past 3+ years. In total over the past decade, Alterra has closed approximately $1.5B of real estate transactions. For more information, please visit https://ios.alterraproperty.com.
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