DB Schenker is teaming up with Swedish transport company Einride to deploy a fully -electric powered autonomous distribution truck, the T-Pod
The vehicle was used for the first tome in a revenue-earning operation at Schenker’s premises in Jönköping. The T-Pod will operate completely autonomously to and from the warehouse, but a licence to operate autonomously on public roads in Sweden has not yet been obtained.
“We at Schenker are working at full speed on sustainable and innovative logistics," said Jochen Tewes, CEO of 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.”
Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride, said: "Heavy road transport is responsible for a substantial part of global CO2 emissions. By substituting electricity for diesel, we reduce CO2 emissions by 90% We are happy and grateful that DB Schenker has chosen to be part of this revolution, disrupting a huge global market.”
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 to be deployed, increased loading capacity and flexibility, while lowering production and operating costs, and allowing the T-pod to run solely on batteries.
A fleet of T-pods can be coordinated by an intelligent routing system, optimising delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making road freight transportation as efficient as possible.
Einride and DB Schenker initiated their partnership in April. The agreement includes the pilot in Jönköping and an option for additional pilots internationally.