Electric autonomous vehicles aren’t just for your casual consumers anymore, they’re also going to try to take over heavy hauling it would seem.
Einride has been making inroads into the electric heavy vehicle market since last year when it introduced its T-pod last year. Now, the Swedish company is back with an all-new version called the T-log which is aimed specifically at the logging industry.
The T-log is designed to carry up to 16 tons of lumber per trip and does not require a driver onboard. Robert Falck, CEO of Einride, said in a statement, “The driver’s cab is what makes trucks expensive to produce, and having a driver in the cabin is what makes them expensive to operate.” He went on to add, “Remove the cabin and replace the driver with an operator who can monitor and remote-control several vehicles at once and costs can be reduced significantly. In addition, operating a vehicle from a distance allows for a much better working environment, as has already been demonstrated in industries like mining.”
As for the specs of the truck, the T-log comes with a 300 kWh battery which will allow for 120 miles per charge at a full 16 ton load. While that may not sound like much, you have to remember that most logging trucks only travel a few miles per trip to move them from one location to another. In this industry that will probably account for a full day’s work.
Currently Einride is targeting to get the T-log on the roads by 2020 and is already in discussions with several companies.