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Fri May 10, 2019, 11:54 PM

Germany Opens First Electric Highway For Trucks

Germany Opens First Electric Highway For Trucks
BY : CHARLIE COCKSEDGE
https://www.unilad.co.uk/technology/germany-opens-first-electric-highway-for-trucks/?source=facebook

When Eddie Grant sang ‘We’re gonna rock down to Electric Avenue’, in his seminal 1982 tune Electric Avenue, who’d have thought that one day we’d have actual electric highways.

Eddie will be pleased to hear, then, that Germany is introducing electric highways for trucks, allowing HGVs to draw power from overhead cables, reducing their diesel and petrol use, and therefore reducing their CO2 output, helping tackle climate change along the way.

The new development is the first of its kind to be tested on public roads in Germany, where trucks with special equipment mounted to their roofs can connect to electrified lines above the autobahn, and travel at speeds of up to 90km per hour (56mph).


The new technology has been designed by Siemens, and aided by the German government, which has spent €70 million developing trucks that can use the system, according to CNN.

So far, the system runs along a 10km (6.2 mile) stretch of the autobahn between Frankfurt airport and a nearby industrial park. Two more stretches of the highway are expected to open soon.

The trucks run on electric motors when connected to the overhead power lines, and on hybrid systems when on regular roads. Sensors inside the lorries detect when they can use the overhead cables.

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SoCalDem May 2019 OP
KT2000 May 2019 #1
shanti May 2019 #2
Roy Rolling May 2019 #3
Demovictory9 May 2019 #4
BSdetect May 2019 #5
KT2000 May 2019 #6

Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:34 AM

1. this would be great

for I-5 - Washington to California. So many trucks making that trip - it is a solid line of trucks. It would save so much in resources.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #1)

Sat May 11, 2019, 01:27 AM

2. Driverless trucks

appear to be made for this.

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Response to shanti (Reply #2)

Sat May 11, 2019, 02:08 AM

3. Or...

Follow me on this. We could make gigantic trucks, put them on thin roads made of steel, and then call them "trains".

One driver could pilot a whole convoy of connected trucks.

Maybe overhead power lines for special trucks is affordable for highway construction and truck manufacturing with special equipment. I just don't see it.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #3)

Sat May 11, 2019, 02:46 AM

4. lol

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #3)

Sat May 11, 2019, 07:27 AM

5. Recall when gas prices made it cheaper to load trucks / containers onto trains?

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Response to BSdetect (Reply #5)

Sat May 11, 2019, 12:59 PM

6. Yes - I do

It looked like that crisis was going too change things - but then it didn't.

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