April 12, 2022
Locomation, which is developing autonomous trucking technology, has announced a new analysis that shows a major reduction in CO2 through the adoption of the company’s Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system.
The report, by Boundless Impact Research and Analytics, says that even a conservative adoption of ARC on just 25,000 Class 8 trucks running on the company’s 68 Autonomous Relay Network interstate highway segments by 2030 would yield savings equal to the amount of CO2 emitted by 2 million passenger vehicles annually.
According to the report, “The cumulative GHG emissions avoided due to the projected deployment of Locomation’s ARC technology is estimated to exceed 8.5 million tons of CO2e over the nine years estimated, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 10.5 million acres of U.S. forest during a year (approximately three times the state of Connecticut), or removing 2 million passenger vehicles from the road during one year.”
“Locomation’s technology offers a viable short term solution to reduce Scope 1 and 3 emissions,” said Çetin Meriçli, CEO and cofounder of Pittsburgh-based Locomation. “It is an immediate pathway to reducing the supply chain’s CO2 footprint and would be a big boost to any shipper’s bottom line.”
An earlier study by Boundless showed that traditional Class 8 trucks equipped with the technology would:
- Reduce the GHG footprint of freight transportation by 22%;
- Cut operating costs by 19%;
- Decrease fuel consumption by 21%;
- Lower photochemical ozone formation by 22%;
- Reduce the GHG Abatement Cost, or dollars per ton of avoided greenhouse gas emissions, below any of the alternatives considered.
Locomotion said the conclusions were based on freight optimization that reduces idling and empty miles, and ARC improving fuel efficiency.
To access the latest study, visit this website.