Einride reveals Gen2 autonomous trucks and announces charging network in USA

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Freight mobility technology company Einride has introduced its Gen2, the updated version of its autonomous HGV, and announced its plan to build a recharging network on the US motorways for electric lorries. The company also unveiled its involvement in a €28 million project whose aim is to roll out heavy-duty autonomous transport in Norway and the launch of the largest heavy-duty electric freight fleet in Norway in 2023.

Einride reveals Gen2 autonomous trucks and announces charging network in USA
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The latest model of Einride’s autonomous vehicles, the Gen2 Rigid Large, has a larger cargo hold, updated optics form sensors, updated maximum speed and night vision capabilities, announced the company on Wednesday in a global webcast.

The interface to operate Einride’s autonomous vehicles remotely also received upgrades – with more adjustable settings and a monitor setup that ensures optimal remote operator comfort, and a new flat pack construction allowing for easier manufacturing, scalability and set up on site.

The vehicle is set to be deployed at customer sites starting in 2023.

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Recharging stations throughout the US

Tthe company also revealed its plan to build a recharging network in the US, called the Einride Stations.

“Einride Stations will enable easy and reliable charging of electric trucks by being placed at strategic on-road locations that are accessible to fleets. Select Einride Stations will also include an operations center to ensure reliable fleet operations as well as areas for drivers to relax and recharge at a lounge area,” the announcement explains.

The first installments of Einride Stations have opened throughout Sweden and the first in the US shall be constructed near the Port of LA, with construction set to get underway in 2023 to start supporting fleets next year.

This station will serve as a pivotal enabler to the deployment of customer fleets of Einride Trucks, as well as being available to future Einride deployments and non-Einride fleets alike, given its ability to serve up to 200 vehicles.

Einride’s freight mobility platform opens up to third-parties

The company also announced that Einride Saga, its intelligent freight mobility platform, will be made available to the broader shipper and carrier community.

Leading with the Explore capabilities, users will be able to generate and view operational KPIs, register and track progress to emission targets, and get actionable operational insights for all shipping touchpoints, using data from across their transport ecosystem.

€28 million project to roll out heavy duty autonomous transport in Norway

During the press conference, Einride also unveiled its involvement in the MODI project, a €28 million project co-funded by the European Union and coordinated by ITS Norway.

The project aims to support the roll-out of heavy-duty autonomous transport in a wide variety of market applications by addressing standardizations, harmonization of regulations, user requirements and physical and digital infrastructure.

Einride will serve as the leading autonomous partner for the duration of the 42-month project.

A central part of the project is the Norwegian use case where an autonomous vehicle will cross country borders for the first time. Einride’s autonomous vehicle is to demonstrate operations on a selected portion of the E6 highway between Gothenburg in Sweden and Oslo in Norway.

The announcement of the MODI project complements a larger Norwegian expansion for Einride, with client PostNord set to deploy electric fleet operations in 2023. The fleet, which will be the largest heavy-duty electric freight fleet in Norway to date, will service routes in the Oslo region.

Einride’s move into Norway follows its recent European market expansion into Germany.

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