Sustainable Transportation

Combining the flexibility On ROAD with

THE sustainability and efficiency on rail

Decarbonizing transportation

TRUCTRIC aims to accelerate the shift to fossil-free transports

We recognize the urgent need to put an end to the carbon emissions caused by road transports, understanding that our ability to stop fossil emissions effectively will have an impact on generations to come.

TRUCTRIC provides a new innovative concept for effective combined transports. The sustainability of rail is combined with the flexibility of road – with seamless transitions there-between.

This way fossil-free end-to-end transports are enabled, providing substantial reductions of fossil emissions and energy consumption

Let’s solve The Problems

The better transport alternative…


Many companies striving for sustainable operations, still miss competitive fossil free transport options. Therefor we aim to make efficient Combined Transportation available to all.
Any trailer should be possible to send by train – without long road transports.

Low cost

Cost is important, but should not prevent smart sustainable transport decisions! We are committed to provide for low cost transshipments between road and rail. To this end we enable lower capital investments and operating costs regarding transshipment terminals and railway wagons. 

Time & Speed

Time aspects are critical. We offer seamless transshipments between road and rail by fast and individual loading/off-loading of trailer as well as fast loading/off-loading of full trains. This provides for faster transports and for more efficient use of capital involved in the transport value chain.

Competitive concept

Combined transports already today provide the best long-distance option for fossil free door-to-door transports, using fossil free vehicles. By improving the availability and competitiveness of Combined Transports we aim to provide a better option to long distance road transport and to be a catalyst for an accelerated shift to sustainable long-distance transportation over land.
At the core of TRUCTRIC’s transshipment technology is our innovative RoRo loading concept, which is based on horizonal loading of semi-trailers directly onto flat railway wagons from the side thereof, using assisted precision driving. The loading is performed by a tractor pushing the trailer from an elevated platform beside the railway wagon. A driving assistance system secures correct positioning of the trailer during the loading procedure based on input from connected position sensors. The railway wagon is arranged with a flat loading area, for receiving the trailer and is further equipped to support and secure the trailer during loading and transport.

The background

Why Seamless Combined Transportation?

Combined Transportation (CT) is a well established way of combining the sustainability of Rail, provided by high energy efficiency and electrification, for long distance transportation, with the flexibility of the road for the first and last miles. Transshipment between road and rail is typically achieved through lifting of trailers by heavy and capital intense equipment.
Inefficiencies related to the transshipment between road and rail have a negative impact on the availability and competitiveness of Combined Transportation.

Unfortunately, presently Combined Transports are not for all. As transshipment terminals require large capital investments and thus also large traffic volumes, they become by necessity few and far apart. In many occasions terminals are too far away from either the start or the end of the transport or both. In addition most trailers cannot be shipped by train. Only a fraction, less than 1/3 of all trailers in EU, have the necessary reinforcements and lifting means that allow them to be loaded on a train with the presently dominating lifting technologies.

Costs for transshipment is unduly high. Did you know that direct cost is the key parameter in ca 50% of decisions on transport modes. According to Swedish research a large portion, almost 1/3 of a typical intermodal transport is related to costs at the transshipment terminal.

Also the time needed for transshipment is in many cases too high to be competitive. And time related parameters are key decision parameters in 40% of transport mode decisions. With present traditional transshipment technology, it takes relevant time to load or off-load on trailer. To load a full train with one or two cranes or reach stackers may take three to four hours. It is thus not unusual that a trailer spends as much or more time on terminals as is spends traveling on railway.
Presently 3/4 of all over land transport work (EU) is performed by trucks and the larger portion thereof (ca 60%) relate to long distance transports, over 300 km. We need to decarbonize transportation and EU targets indicate that large portions of long distance road freight should be shifted from road to rail in the years to come. To shift these large freight volumes that start and end on the road in ”trucking format”, we need to make combined transports available and competitive to all.

The technology

How does it work?

Instead of lifting trailers, loading is managed by horizontal movement (Roll On – Roll Off). The semitrailer is rolled onto a flat top railway wagon, pushed by a tractor in a movement similar to the parallel parking of a car. The complex precision driving needed, is facilitated by an assistance system supporting the driver, for increased precision, safety and speed. By using the tractor that brings or picks up the trailer, a true seamless transshipment is achieved.

The technology is provided in three perspectives, a precision driving system, a digital ecosystem and a specific railway wagon design.
A tractor driver is provided with maneuvering instructions for fast, safe and precise loading of a trailer, via a screen inside the tractor. The instructions are provided by a driving assistance software, connected to the screen. The assistance software is also connected to a database, holding relevant information about the specific vehicles involved in a loading procedure, to adapt driving instructions accordingly. A sensor system is arranged in interaction between trailer and railway wagon, and connected to the assistance software to provide information about the position of the trailer in relation to the loading area on the railway wagon. The railway wagon has a fixed flat loading area and is equipped with means to support the and hold the trailer during loading and transportation.

The Loading process

How does it work?

The concept is based on an innovative way of loading a trailer onto a railway wagon. Below the loading method will be described with reference to schematic drawings describing various phases. In essence, the trailer is rolled backward onto the wagon in a movement quite similar to the parallel parking of a car. Thus the rear portion of the trailer follows an S-shaped trajectory, while the tractor during the pushing of the trailer moves in a bow shaped trajectory to end up in a 90° angle to the trailer ”parked” on the wagon. In this position, the tractor is disconnected from the trailer.

The later process for off-loading the trailer starts with the tractor connecting to the trailer in 90° and thereafter follows the same phases in reverse order.

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