Press release

April 18, 2018

The world’s first self-driving truck on public roads — to be introduced in Sweden

Already this fall DB Schenker and Einride will install the world´s first self-driving electric transport system for heavy transports on public roads. – We want to participate in creating the sustainable and cost-efficient transport solution of tomorrow. The cooperation with Einride is a big step in that direction, says Mats Grundius, CEO for Schenker AB.

DB Schenker and Einride have signed an agreement regarding the transport solution of tomorrow. Once given a permit from the Swedish Transport Agency, Einride will install the first T-pod – a self-driving, electric vehicle, without drivers cab which can be remotely controlled when needed – at DB Schenker in Jönköping. The vehicle will operate the distance between two DB Schenker locations, some of which is on a public road.

— Electric and autonomous trucks are two key future technologies that will disrupt the global transport and logistics market. We are happy that we can test a combination of these two future technologies in cooperation with Einride at such an early stage. This partnership is one part of our overall strategy to be a driver of innovative solutions and to deliver the best quality and service to our customers, says Ewald Kaiser, Member of the Board of Management Freight (COO) of DB Schenker

— The cooperation gives us the possibility to create a sustainable transport solution and develop both DB Schenker and Einride for the future. The rapid development within battery technology and AI enables a great reduction of emissions, increased cost-efficiency and increased traffic safety – a future we want to be part of, says Mats Grundius.

The agreement includes the installation of one pilot, but with the option of additional pilots globally within DB Schenker.

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— Road transports are accountable for a big part of the emissions of CO2 and hazardous particles. We are very happy about the cooperation with DB Schenker who shows leadership and a will to drive development towards a sustainable transport system, says Robert Falck, CEO for Einride.

About the T-pod
The T-pod is self-driving but will be supervised by an operator which, if needed, can steer the vehicle through remote control – one operator can control several vehicles. The vehicle can load up to 20 tonnes and is capable of driving approximately 20 miles on a charge.

About Einride
Einride is a Swedish tech-company, founded by Robert Falck and Filip Lilja in 2016. Einride develops and designs the technology and service to provide automated and sustainable transports. Since the start in 2016, Einride has gained global recognition for creating a new vehicle type – the T-pod. The T-pod is the first vehicle built and developed for electric power and self-driving. In addition to the T-pod, Einride also develops a system for remote control, charging stations and infrastructure which makes this system groundbreaking within the industry.For more information please visit einride.tech

About DB Schenker
DB Schenker is part of the global transport- and logistics division of Deutsche Bahn AG and is the world’s leading global logistics provider with 72 000 employees in 2 000 locations. DB Schenker offers land transport, worldwide air and ocean freight, contract logistics, consultancy services and supply chain management.DB Schenker in Sweden has 4 000 employees and is represented in 50 locations.For more information please visit  dbschenker.se

 

Contact at Schenker AB
Pierre Olsson, Head of Corporate Communications, 0730 68 31 07

Contact at Einride
Adam Nelvin, Head of PR & Public Affairs, 0733 76 25 99

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