While some automakers are bringing their finest sports cars, there’s a growing number of unexpected models that will debut this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. First Siemens announced an autonomous 1965 Ford Mustang and now Einride has announced that it will debut its new T-log – an electric, driverless logging truck.
The Einride T-log is ready to work and thanks to its Nvidia Drive self-driving platform, the T-log is capable of SEA level 4 self-driving. While there’s no room for a driver to ride along, it can be remote-controlled by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away using Phantom Auto teleoperation safety technology.
Einride says that since there’s no driver’s cab, the T-log can be a smaller vehicle with increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption.
“Einride is constantly pushing the boundaries of autonomous and all-electric vehicles in our ambition to lead the transition to a sustainable transportation system,” stated Robert Falck, CEO of Einrid. “With the T-log, we’ve created a vehicle that can withstand the rigors of a demanding environment. It is uncharted territory for us, but also an enormous market for battery-powered AVs.”
Since the Einride T-log is a fully electric truck, it’s more environmentally friendly than a diesel powered truck. The T-log can haul up to 16 tons and has a driving range of 120 miles.
“Heavy road transport is responsible for a substantial part of global CO2 emissions. Add to that the tens of thousands of people who die every year from NOx pollution – effectively poisoned by diesel fumes – and you have every reason to look for a more sustainable alternative,” Robert Falck said. “The T-log eliminates those emissions entirely, by replacing diesel with electricity. Technology has progressed to make it happen. And because it can be done, it must be done.”
Einride hopes to have a production version of the T-log on the road by 2020.