Texas A&M unveils truck-less, electric freight system

Updated Oct 23, 2016

truckless-freightTexas A&M University last month unveiled a plan 18 years in the works for a truck-less freight movement system.

University officials and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott introduced the Freight Shuttle System, an electric, elevated railway network that transports loaded trailers without the tractors from one distribution point to another, according to a report from Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

The transporter can move 70,000 pounds of freight at 60 miles per hour up to a distance of 500 miles using two-thirds less energy than a conventional diesel truck, according to the university.

The following video from the university explains how the system is designed to work: