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Michelin announced deal with Swedish self-driving startup Einride

Michelin Group announced it will partner with Swedish-based self-driving startup company Einride this week at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal.

Michelin said it will first test Einride’s autonomous, cab-less freight-hauling electric truck, called the T-pod, at its gated tire production facilities in Clermont-Ferrand, France in 2020 before testing the technology on public roads.

Enride said that road freight transportation accounts for between 5- 7 percent of all global CO2 emissions.

“By rethinking road freight from scratch, Enride has delivered a solution that has the potential to revolutionize it by being both cost-competitive and sustainable,” said Niklas Reinedhal, chief operations officer of Enride.

Einride successfully deployed the T-pod, at DB Schenker’s facility in Jönköping, Sweden, in April. The zero-emissions vehicle will transport cargo between the German logistics company’s warehouse and a terminal at its facility, as part of daily commercial operations.

The T-pod is a SAE Level 4 autonomous truck that can be controlled remotely. The cargo capacity of the T-pod is 15 standard pallets and can handle up to 26 tons of cargo. The electric truck has a battery capacity of 200 kWh and can haul freight for 124 miles on a full charge.

The autonomous vehicle uses a combination of camera, radar and lidar technology.

Since its launch in 2016, Einride has signed commercial contracts with five Fortune 500 companies.

Einride also has developed a driverless electric vehicle, called the T-log, for the forestry segment.

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Clarissa Hawes

Clarissa has covered all aspects of the trucking industry for 13 years. She is an award-winning journalist known for her investigative and business reporting. Prior to joining FreightWaves, she wrote for Land Line Magazine and Trucks.com. Clarissa lives in Grain Valley, Missouri, with her family.

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