Every segment of ground transportation is gradually being converted to electric propulsion and now a startup is going after logging trucks.
Today, Swedish tech start-up Einride unveiled The T-log, an autonomous and all-electric logging truck.
The vehicle was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK today and it is building on Einride’s previously unveiled T-Pod truck.
Robert Falck, CEO of Einride, commented at the unveiling:
“Einride is constantly pushing the boundaries of autonomous and all-electric vehicles in our ambition to lead the transition to a sustainable transportation system. With the T-log, we’ve created a vehicle that can withstand the rigours of a demanding environment. It is uncharted territory for us, but also an enormous market for battery-powered AVs.”
The company claims that it can travel 200 km (124 miles) on a single charge thanks to a 200 kWh battery pack.
Here’s the prototype T-Log unveiled today:
As for the autonomous driving technology, Einride says that it is using the Nvidia Drive self-driving platform and that it can not only work autonomously but also be remote-controlled.
They explained how it enables a design without a cab:
“It has no driver’s cab but can be remote-controlled by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away using Phantom Auto teleoperation safety technology designed to provide robust, minimal latency telecommunications even with 4G. No driver’s cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-log to run solely on batteries, even in difficult environments.”
Einride hasn’t released a timeline for production or a price target, but they mentioned that the lack of driver’s cab will make the truck cheaper to produce.
Here’s a spec list released by the company:
|Loading capacity||15 euro-pallets|
|Range||200km on one charge|
|Top speed||85km/h (electronically limited)|
|Size||7 x 2.5m (approximately)|
|Weight||26 tons fully loaded|