A small step for logistics, a big step for humanity: that’s how you could call the current development of the T-Pod. That’s the name of the all-electric, autonomous truck, which has been in operation at DB Schenker. This was initiated by the logistics company DB Schenker and the manufacturer Einride at the beginning of November 2018 in Jönköping, Sweden. At the present DB Schenker facility, the T-pod will travel continuously to and from a warehouse, paving the way for a sustainable transition of road freight transportation.
Jochen Thewes, CEO DB Schenker
“Autonomous driving will become increasingly important for this. Together with Einride, we want to bring the first autonomous, fully electric truck onto public roads in the near future and thus set new standards for tomorrow’s logistics.”
“We at Schenker are working at full speed on sustainable and innovative logistics. Autonomous driving will become increasingly important for this”, says Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker. “Together with Einride, we want to bring the first autonomous, fully electric truck onto public roads in the near future and thus set new standards for tomorrow’s logistics.”
The manufacturer of the T-Pod also sees the opportunities for the environment. “Heavy road transport is responsible for a substantial part of global CO2 emissions”, says Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride. “By substituting electricity for diesel, we reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent. We are happy and grateful that DB Schenker has chosen to be part of this revolution, disrupting a huge global market,”.
Full control from the distance
Einride’s T-pod has no driver’s cab but is supervised and can be teleoperated by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away. Not having a driver’s cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-pod to run solely on batteries.
In the future it is possible that an intelligent routing system can coordinate a fleet of T-pods, optimizing delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making road freight transportation as efficient as possible.
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Part commercial enterprise, part revolutionary movement, Einride is bent on a complete transformation of the transportation industry. The company wants to use new technologies to making the movement of goods more intelligent and sustainable. DB Schenker and Einride initiated their partnership in April 2018. The agreement includes the pilot in Jönköping and an option for additional pilots internationally.