German Center for Aviation and Space (DLR) has created a functioning prototype of a multi-purpose unmanned electric tractor.
The U-Shift model consists of an electric U-shaped actuator that attaches to various modules depending on the current needs of the owner. The vehicle is designed for round-the-clock operation in urban environments and can be used as a tractor for removable capsules of a bus, truck, postal, commercial or other type of vehicle..
The current prototype is remotely controlled, but the developers plan to make it unmanned by 2024. In the future, the team also plans to improve the performance of the drivetrain and battery system, as well as improve the chassis and hoist designs..
The modular concept will allow companies to use the electric tractor for a wide range of tasks and create more flexible business models.
DLR engineers presented the concept of a multipurpose electric tractor
In parallel with modernizing urban transport, Germany also wants to turn autobahns into solar farms..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: DLR