Autonomous box truck goes electric

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by Emily Atkins

Gatik, which specializes in B2B short-haul logistics, has introduced an electric autonomous box truck.

The trucks have an all-electric powertrain, a range of 190 kilometres and can reach full charge in less than 1.5 hours.

The first of Gatik’s electric autonomous box trucks, based on an existing OEM vehicle chassis, were deployed for customers in New Orleans this February. These vehicles include VIA Motors’s advanced electric drive technology.

The updated vehicle architecture offers powerful advantages to Gatik’s customers including significant emissions reductions, and savings on fuel and powertrain maintenance costs which can be passed on directly to consumers.

Gatik is also working closely with its customers to install charging stations at distribution hubs and vehicle depots to maximize operational efficiency and economics.

“Helping our customers as they meet their ambitious emissions targets is a key pillar of our long-term strategy. Our Electric Autonomous Box Trucks are defining a new frontier in sustainability, while continuing to offer the cost reductions and shorter delivery times our autonomous solution is known for,” said Gautam Narang, CEO and co-founder of Gatik.

“The B2B short-haul market is ideally suited to electric technology thanks to the route lengths involved. Trucks can charge while they’re being loaded, enabling continuous service during operational hours.”

Gatik offers customers a range of autonomous delivery vehicles between 11 and 26 feet in length, all of which are customized to deliver ambient, cold and frozen goods. The company’s product offerings ensure reliable capacity and control over service levels for Fortune 500 retailers, and a cost-effective way to scale hub-and-spoke operations.

Gatik’s electrification strategy provides retailers with the ability to automate their on-road transportation networks, while meeting their corporate sustainability and reduced emissions goals.