Germany has inaugurated a new electrified eHighway for trucks that have been developed by Siemens. Road freight transport powered by electricity: Siemens’ eHighway system combines the efficiency of the railroad with the flexibility of trucks into an innovative freight traffic solution that is efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly.
Siemens has developed special equipment that must be attached to the truck’s roof. This equipment will detect overhead lines, which need to be installed on the highway, and power the electric motor.The trucks are equipped with electric motor, diesel engine and batteries that can be charged from overhead power lines.
The latest eHighway system has cables suspended over the existing highway that can power specially-equipped trucks’ electric motor.
Siemens and has been installed on 6.2 miles of autobahn, thus enabling the trucks featuring the required equipment installed on their roof to make use of the electrified cables for travelling at speeds of around 90 kilometers per hour without requiring to burn any diesel fuel. The trucks can switch to the internal combustion once they leave the electrified stretch.