Commercial operations will commence in 2020, initially with the deployment of Einride’s T-pod – an autonomous, electric truck – at Michelin sites in France.
Picture: Michelin Group’s CEO Florent Menegaux with Einride’s Head of Operations, Niklas Reinedahl, in front of the T-pod during the Movin’On Summit 2019 in Montreal
Road freight transport is responsible for around 7 percent of global CO2 emissions. Sustainable mobility is a key goal to the Michelin Group, a global tire and mobility services player. To advance this goal, Michelin has now decided to deploy an autonomous, electric transport system (AET) from Einride.
– I am proud that a global leader like Michelin chose Einride. We share the same mission and I look forward to working together to introduce a sustainable, safe and efficient solution that can help transform the way Michelin transport goods, drastically reducing CO2 emissions, says Robert Falck, CEO & founder of Einride.
Einride’s solution is based on autonomous, all-electric vehicles, coordinated by an intelligent “operative system” for road freight transport.
The partnership between Einride and Michelin will begin with the commercial deployment of Einride’s solution at its Michelin’s facilities in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 2020. The roll-out, which includes digitalizing selected transport flows on Einride’s platform, will happen in two major phases:
– Inside fenced area: Transporting goods at one of Michelin’s facilities in Clermont-Ferrand
– On public road: Transporting goods between different Michelin sites in the city*
The new initiative was initiated by the Michelin Group’s Supply Chain Department as is part of the Michelin Group’s action for more innovative and sustainable goods mobility.
* Driving an autonomous, electric vehicle on public road requires necessary approvals from the French authorities.