Market Requirements

In order to gather insight on user requirements several experts of different types of companies like international forwarders, companies of the automotive industry, producers of different types of voluminous goods and operators of ports, terminals and railways have been interviewed. The goal was to gather the opinion about the current and target state of intermodal transport and the different intermodal loading units.

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MegaSwapBox

The biggest market interest for European intermodal transportation is in a 45 ft MSB with the highest possible inside height and total vehicle height of up to 4.00 m. A 45 ft MSB maximizes the volume and the adaptation of the latest 96/53/EC directive makes transporting a 45 ft MSB by road easily possible. Additionally, the 45 ft MSB will give the best performance in terms of CO2 burden per m³ payload.

For the Eastern market, where the majority of the wagons are 80 ft, and for overseas shipping a 40 ft MSB is most attractive to avoid idle space on the transport chains.

The TelliSys MSB combines the advantages of containers, swap-bodies and mega-trailer to allow a maximum performance in terms of flexibility, cargo volume and security.

Tractor and chassis

The requirements for tractor and chassis are directly connected to the definition of the new MSB. After the analysis of the market and taking into account the current trends and demands, the chassis has to be as light and as low as possible to allow higher and heavier MSB. Likewise, the tractor must meet the specifications of the MSB, e.g. coupling height, weight, intermodal transport requirements taking into account a competitive price.

Regarding the tractor, a three axle motor vehicle is required by current 96/53/EC directive for intermodal transport and 44 ton GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight). Considering this, a 6x2 truck configuration (which is preferred to a 6x4 configuration due to fuel efficiency) gives the highest flexibility for intermodal transport in Europe.