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DB Schenker puts autonomous lorry into operation

Steve Rogerson
November 13, 2018



A DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, central Sweden, has seen the first commercial use of a T-pod – an all-electric, autonomous lorry from Swedish company Einride.
 
The T-pod will travel continuously to and from a warehouse, paving the way for a sustainable transition of road freight transportation
 
“We at Schenker are working at full speed on sustainable and innovative logistics,” said Jochen Thewes, 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.”
 
Einride’s T-pod has no driver’s cab but is supervised and can be tele-operated by a human operator from hundreds of kilometres away. Not having a driver’s cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, more flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimised energy consumption. The T-pod can run solely on batteries.
 
“Heavy road transport is responsible for a substantial part of global CO2 emissions,” said Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride. “By substituting electricity for diesel, we reduce CO2 emissions by 90 per cent. We are happy and grateful that DB Schenker has chosen to be part of this revolution, disrupting a huge global market.”
 
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.