Einride, the electric and autonomous trucking company based in Sweden, is venturing into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with an ambitious project. The company has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UAE's Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure to collaborate on the development of a groundbreaking freight mobility grid called Falcon Rise. This extensive grid would span 341 miles, incorporating 2,000 electric vehicles (EVs), 200 autonomous vehicles (AVs), eight charging stations, and over 500 charging points.
While Einride has focused on expansion within Europe and the United States, the MOU with the UAE marks a significant milestone in its global expansion strategy. The Falcon Rise project aims to create a connected freight ecosystem across Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. The anticipated benefits include substantial emissions reduction, efficient management of road freight, and uninterrupted operations.
The development of Falcon Rise is scheduled to take place over the next five years. Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating, "This collaboration gets to the core of what Einride provides – the transformation to effective and sustainable shipping that is fully electric. By partnering on this deal, we'll be able to showcase how entire regions can make the switch in an intelligent and cost-effective manner."
Sharif Al-Olama, the undersecretary for energy and petroleum affairs at the UAE's Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, emphasized the significance of the Falcon Rise grid, calling it a major milestone in their journey towards sustainable and intelligent transportation.
This UAE deal follows Einride's previous announcement in April about establishing a similar mobility grid in the United Kingdom, connecting major cities such as London, Birmingham, and Manchester. Einride's expansion plans also include Germany, the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway.
Einride is actively working on developing fully autonomous trucks as part of its intelligent transportation vision. The company has been conducting tests on its unique pod truck design, which eliminates the need for a cabin due to the absence of an onboard safety driver. The self-driving functionality is enabled by an array of radar, lidar sensors, and cameras, with remote monitoring by human operators.
The UAE has demonstrated its commitment to being a global leader in innovative mobility solutions. Dubai, in particular, has unveiled various groundbreaking initiatives, including plans for autonomous boats and the introduction of air taxis. The city is also set to welcome Cruise self-driving taxis later this year, with a vision to achieve 25% autonomous journeys by 2030.