This year, the FreightWaves Research Institute conducted a study aimed at determining which companies are the most innovative and disruptive in the freight and logistics industry. From 500 companies, a panel of experts selected by the institute narrowed down the list to 25. These 25 companies represented the best that the freight and logistics industry has to offer, in terms of innovation, tech, and potential disruption.
Dubbed as the Freight.Tech25, the institute’s list of top companies included freight logistics heavyweights such as Amazon and J.B. Hunt. Standing near the top of the Top 25 list was Tesla, which placed third overall. Tesla was among the few automakers that made it to the Freight.Tech25, beating out Daimler, which placed 11th in the study’s rankings. Trucking startup Nikola Motor Company, which makes hydrogen-electric trucks, placed 24th in the Top 25 list.
FreightWaves (a publication behind the institute that conducted the study) has traditionally been quite bearish on Tesla, and in particular, Elon Musk. That said, the publication notes that behind all the drama and controversy surrounding its CEO, it is undeniable that Tesla has “set much of the conversation around autonomous (technologies) and electrification, and incumbents and OEMs across the globe are chasing them.” Led by the Tesla Semi and vehicles like the Model 3, the electric car maker seems poised to be a true disruptor in the transportation and logistics field.