The Swedish tech startup Einride impressed a lot of visitors when they showcased their autonomous semi-truck at the North American International Auto Show, in late January. The company plans to have their “T-pod”, an unmanned, all electric vehicle, on the road later this year.
Einride was founded by Robert Falck and Filip Lilja, and their product is the first transport vehicle completely designed and developed for self-driving and electrical propulsion. The T-pod is designed to be able to carry up to 15 standard European pallets, is about 23 feet long and weighs 33,000 pounds at full capacity. Its battery charge is 200 kilowatt hours, enabling a range of about 125 miles on a single charge.
Since it is an all-electric vehicle powered by green-electricity it allows for a substantial reduction of carbon dioxide and hazardous particles from diesel engines. The plan is to have 200 T-pods on route between Helsingborg and Gothenburg in Sweden by 2020, transporting 2 million pallets annually.