"This isn't about a new truck. This is about a new transportation system." See how Einride plans to replace "heavy, noisy trucks with monstrous emissions and bad working conditions to emission-free, noise reduced trucks that allow workers to operate on a standard schedule closer to home."
T-Pod prototype comes from a Swedish company Einride. Their new system for transporting goods is highly efficient, set on improving road safety and creating new jobs, while providing more cost-efficient transports for purchasers and flexible client logistics.
Being presented as an environmentally-friendly transport option, T-Pod is an electric, self-driving vehicle that can be remotely controlled by drivers. T-Pods will have cargo capacity of 15 standard pallets and weigh 20 tons (with full cargo). The truck will be about 7 meters long. The battery with capacity of 200 kWh will ensure travel distances of 200 kilometers per single charge.
Sounds good? But Einride isn't stopping there. The company intends to develop a remote driving system of their own, charging stations and an entire infrastructure to support their new system.
Filip Lilja, COO at Einride, commented that "Einride is transforming the existing transport chain from the ground up. The big companies behind long haul trucks keep building bigger trucks to increase efficiency, which ultimately means even more emissions. We are changing that by creating a secure solution that is, not only cost effective, but dramatically minimizes the negative environmental impact of the transportation industry."
Robert Falck, CEO of Einride, added that "Our vision is to enhance the lives of all people through the delivery of a global, impact-positive supply chain infrastructure. We don't believe our work is done when we've achieved carbon neutrality. Our design process is driven by our goal to have a net positive impact – whether that's improving the lives of transport workers or reducing road traffic accidents, every element of our system aims to have a measurable positive impact on the planet."
Prototype testing is set in 2017 followed by international distribution.The company expects to launch an active fleet of 200 T-pods by 2020.