November 23, 2201

Locomation Convoy 400x275Locomation, which develops autonomous trucking solutions, has announced the findings of an independent environmental impact evaluation that said its Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system will dramatically reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint, fuel consumption, and operating costs of transporting goods by truck.

The ARC system consists of two-truck convoys that are tethered electronically. The human-guided autonomy solution lets one driver operate the lead truck, while a second driver rests in the follower truck, which is operated autonomously. Periodically, the trucks swap places to allow each driver to take turns leading and resting, in compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation hours-of-service regulations. Locomotion said the technology enables carriers to safely operate two trucks between 20 to 22 hours per day, delivering double the cargo, faster, and twice the distance.

The evaluation, performed by Boundless Impact Research & Analytics, said that when compared to traditional Class 8 trucks, those equipped with Locomation’s technology would:

  • Reduce the GHG footprint of freight transportation by 22%;
  • Cut operating costs 19%;
  • Decrease fuel consumption by 21%
  • Lower photochemical ozone formation by 22%;
  • Reduce the GHG abatement cost, or dollars per tonne of avoided greenhouse gas emissions, below any of the alternatives considered.

Locomation said the conclusions are based on the ARC system’s ability to reduce truck idling by up to 90%, and increase fuel efficiency by 8% on average.

“This report confirms that Locomation’s ARC system means dramatic efficiency gains, saving fuel and eliminating idling and empty miles, and can help carriers and shippers dramatically reduce their Scope 1 and Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas emissions,” said Çetin Meriçli, the CEO and co-founder of Locmation. “We are proud to be the first company to verify its green claims with an independent, third party, science-based review, and we invite anyone making claims around environmental impact or fuel consumption to do the same.”

The environmental impact evaluation utilized a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method that assessed the Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions of Locomation’s ARC technology. Locomotion said LCAs are recognized as far more rigorous than other reporting methods.

Boundless said it researched and modeled the material, energy, and performance characteristics for Locomation’s ARC system based on detailed information provided by Locomation that described the material components and energy consumption impacts, and labor, and cost implications. At the core of the methodology is an LCA model for the transportation of goods by a long-haul Class 8 truck carrying 1 tonne of goods for 1 kilometer (tkm) on a highway.

“Our environmental impact assessment of Locomation’s technology provided a science-based and independent critique and comparison of the environmental benefits of several trucking technologies,” said Bret Strogen, director of research at Boundless. “Locomation’s autonomous trucking system would offer a significant environmental improvement over other common fuel reduction technologies such as Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control and Idle Reduction Technology.”

The full report can be downloaded here. For more details on Locomation’s technology, visit its website here.