It's another small step in the development of fully autonomous electric trucks.

The Swedish startup Einride and global logistics provider DB Schenker launched earlier this month the first commercial installation of a T-pod all-electric autonomous truck on a public road in Sweden.

We first heard about the T-pod in 2017 and it seems that after two years of development, the Einride T-pod is ready for a pilot project and real-world tests of autonomous driving Level 4 at low speed of 5 km/h (3.1 mph).

The Einride T-pod entered service at DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden in November 2018 and in March the Swedish Transport Agency approved it to operate on a public road - "a short distance on a public road within an industrial area – between a warehouse and a terminal – where traffic speeds are typically low". The truck is autonomous (there is no cabin), but with remote control by a supervisor.

We assume that successful operation will enable it to gradually improve the system and expand in terms of area and speed.

Einride T-pod specs:

  • Loading capacity 15 euro-pallets
  • Payload 20 tons
  • Range 200 km (124 miles) on one charge
  • Top speed 85 km/h (53 mph) (electronically limited)
  • Battery capacity 200 kWh
  • Size 7 x 2.5m (approximately)
  • Weight 26 tons fully loaded
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The second version - under development - is the T-log

An adaptation of the T-pod designed to carry logs, the T-log is capable of SEA level 4 self-driving. It has no driver’s cab, but can be remote-controlled by a human operator when appropriate. No driver’s cab – and no driver – means a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, increased safety, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-log to run solely on batteries.

  • Loading capacity of 16 tons
  • Range 200 km (124 miles) on one charge
  • Top speed 85 km/h (53 miles) (electronically limited)
  • Battery capacity 300 kWh
  • Size 7.3 x 2.5m (approximately)
  • Weight 26 tons fully loaded
Einride T-log
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World premiere: First cab-less and autonomous, fully electric truck in commercial operations on public road

15th May was a historic occasion. The first cab-less, electric truck – Einride’s T-pod – drove on a public road. The world premiere and inaugural run took place at DB Schenker’s facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The T-pod will transport goods between a warehouse and terminal at the facility, as part of a commercial flow.

Robert Falck, founder and CEO of Einride, Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker, and Mats Grundius, CEO of DB Schenker Cluster Sweden, Denmark, Iceland hosted the inauguration ceremony.

– This day represents a major milestone in Einride’s history, and for our movement to create a safe, efficient and sustainable transport solution, based on autonomous, electric vehicles, that has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from road freight transport by up to 90 percent. I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of our team that made this happen in collaboration with our great partner and customer DB Schenker, says Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride.

– Autonomous trucks will become increasingly important for the logistics sector. Together with Einride, we have now introduced autonomous, fully electric trucks to a continuous flow on a public road – a milestone in the transition to the transport system of tomorrow,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker.

In November 2018, the Swedish startup Einride and leading logistics firm DB Schenker initiated the first installation of an autonomous, all-electric truck or “T-pod” at a DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. It was the first commercial installation of its kind in the world.

March 7 the Swedish Transport Agency concluded that the T-pod is able to operate in accordance with Swedish traffic regulations. March 11, the agency approved Einride’s application to expand the pilot to a public road. The permit applies to a public road within an industrial area – between a warehouse and a terminal. The permit is valid until December 31, 2020.

Einride and DB Schenker entered into a commercial agreement in April 2018 that includes the pilot in Jönköping and an option for additional pilots internationally.