As logistics providers struggle to fill empty miles and improve efficiency, Hybrid Intermodal Transportation (HIT) has completed final equipment tests for its new Road Pod container solution with Allied Automotive Group and CSX Corporation in the US.
Allied Automotive Group is the largest car and light truck carrier in North America specialising in the delivery of automobiles and light trucks. CSX is one of the country’s largest rail-based transport providers.
The collapsible and stackable containers are designed to tackle under-utilised truck, rail and ro-ro capacity by providing low-cost repositioning between terminals. A low lift-rolling system designed by HIT – called Rollow – manoeuvres the Road Pod containers on and off different transport modes. This means that no modification is required to any carrier assets, whether trucks, railcar or ships.
Our first phase of production is now complete with 150 HIT Road Pod Containers and six Rollow Power Units available to service freight lanes,” said Andrew Vazquez, CEO of HIT. “We are currently in negotiations with various carriers interested in being part of our transportation network.”
James Lawrence, Chief Technical Officer at HIT, added that the systems will be available in various versions for different applications.
The Road Pods are able to transport palletized LTL, bulk containers and bins, corrugated shipping containers as well as bundled and packaged dense loads. They can also be configured for specialised equipment and project cargo.
HIT is currently targeting markets within the US said Vazquez and plans to expand to other markets around the world. The company says it is ready to serve customers that have freight transport needs within the automotive industry as well as other sectors.
A demonstration of the HIT Road Pod solution led by James Lawrence will be held at the forthcoming Automotive Logistics Global conference to be held in Dearborn, Michigan between 28-30th September (read more here).