Reader Comments

Germany tests its first 'electric highway' for trucks

by Ginger Rickman (2019-08-21)

ondt i ?ggestokkene -text c-gray-1" >Germany is joining the ranks of those countries betting on "electric highways" to foster eco-friendly trucking. The country has started real-world tests of an eHighway system on a 3.1-mile stretch of the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, with an electric-diesel hybrid truck merging into everyday traffic while it received power from overhead cables to keep it from using its combustion engine. Earlier tests in the country relied on either slow nighttime tests or the safety of an unused military airfield." alt="Palettenm\u00f6bel Ideen | Ideen.Top" style="max-width:400px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;">The very first eHighway launched in Sweden in 2016. The concept here is the same -- the trucks use pantographs (the pickps on their roofs) to latch on to the overhead cables and draw electricity. Trucks can feed electricity into the grid when they brake, making the system particularly useful if there's ever a jam.

The system won't have a major impact for a while. Just five trucks will run the electrified stretch each day where roughly 10 percent of the road's 135,000 daily vehicles are heavy trucks. That reduced emissions footprint could scale up as more trucks support the system, though, and could encourage trucking companies to go electric knowing that their cargo haulers could drive longer on a charge.

Via: DW Source: Siemens In this article: autobahn, electric highway, gear, germany, green, hybrid, hybrid truck, pantograph, transportation, truck, trucks All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Comments 3228 Shares Share Tweet Share Save Popular on Engadget
Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide
View YouTube is removing its direct messaging feature in September
View Walmart sues Tesla after solar panels catch fire at stores
View Nikon updates its SnapBridge app for faster image transfers
View A fourth 'Matrix' movie is happening
View From around the web