Jochen Thewes

Land transport is undergoing rapid change – and DB Schenker is driving this development

Photo: Max Lautenschläger

Dear readers, what logistics service providers do, and how they go about it, has been redefined constantly over the last couple of years. Change has also swept what had by many been considered the most traditional segment of our industry: road freight. A number of projects currently under way show just how extensively DB Schenker is involved in shaping this process.

Take the successfully completed trial of our truck platoon, for example. Together with our partners MAN and Hochschule Fresenius, we have had two electronically coupled trucks transport real shipments on a highway for several months. The platoon trial has provided us with important insights with regard to autonomous driving – which is the hot topic for the future of land transport.


We took another step towards autonomous driving with the “T-pod” (view video clip here). This electrically powered truck, designed by our partner Einride, does not require a driver at all as it is fully controlled by remote – and it has now been given road approval. While the approval is restricted to a specific and rather short stretch of road in Sweden, this innovative vehicle still does represent a milestone on the way to an entirely new concept for freight transport.


The T-pod is just one of a steadily growing number of e-trucks deployed by DB Schenker. Recently we also commissioned such vehicles in Frankfurt and in Paris. And from our new “Oslo City Hub,” we will handle all deliveries by e-trucks and e-bikes. Land-based transport is the segment where DB Schenker recorded the strongest growth last year. All the more reason for us to promote intelligent and sustainable solutions right here.


Kind regards,

Jochen Thewes 

Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG