Swedish freight tech company Einride has joined hands with GE Appliances to launch its sleek self-driving electric truck in the US. Pod trucks do not have driver cabins and are controlled remotely. Einride, which has been operating internationally since 2019, will initially provide GE with six electric and one autonomous pods for operations at its locations in Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky. The autonomous pod was initially built on GE Appliances’ 750-acre . will work in campus in Louisville. But more places are expected to be added later.
The partnership serves as a model for other companies to be incorporated. electric vehicles (EV) and automated trucks are included in its fleet to reduce emissions. This will be the first time that autonomous and electric trucks will operate in the US, Inride claimed. The companies said the partnership will help reduce environmental concerns, with GE Appliances saving 970 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the first year.
“This is an important milestone for the freight industry in the US, as it is the first time an autonomous, electric and remote-operated pod system is being installed on a large scale in North America,” said Robert Falk, CEO, Enride said.
Engineers can remotely control the pods from their offices on the GE campus. However, there are concerns that autonomous vehicles could eat into truck drivers’ jobs. “At GE Appliances, we always believe in finding a better way and strive to be at the forefront of innovation,” said Bill Good, vice president of manufacturing at GE Appliances. The partnership and technology investment with eRide will allow GE Appliances to deploy “safer, more sustainable and cost-effective solutions” for the movement and transportation of materials, Good added.
Einride is a leading freight technology company. Since its inception in 2016, the company claims it has helped reduce customer carbon dioxide emissions by up to 94 percent. GE Appliances began manufacturing products such as refrigerators, freezers and similar products in 1907.