Germany opens first electric highway that lets trucks draw power from overhead cables
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- A 6-mile stretch of "eHighway" has opened in Germany, which will charge-up hybrid trucks via overhead cables.
- The road, inspired by electric train lines, cost Germany's Environment Ministry 14 million euros from Siemens and is under testing until 2022.
- Conductor rods attached to a truck's roofs connect with 670-Volt overhead cables, which charge the trucks as they drive along.
- Germany also spent 70 million euros developing a truck, which Siemens say will save $22,000 in fuel per 62,100 miles.
- Germany's Transport Ministry have said up to 80% of Germany's truck traffic may soon become electrified in an effort to curb emissions.
- Siemens also trialed the eHighway in Carson, Los Angeles, in November 2017.
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Siemens says the technology will save a 40-ton truck 20,000 euros ($22,000) in fuel costs over 62,100 miles.
It also noted that if a driver swerved to the left or right while connected to the cables it would not detach.The 6-mile stretch of the A5 Autobahn will be tested until 2022, after which a decision will be made on whether or not to expand the project, which has so far cost the government a total 14 million euros.
Germany also spent 70 million euros ($77 million) with Scania and Volkswagen to make a special hybrid truck for the track.
This video from Siemens shows how the project is intended to connect sea ports with cities using the trucks and the eHighway.
Germany's transport ministry recently published a study saying 80% of Germany's truck traffic could soon become electrified, according to Deutsche Welle.Read more: 32 electric cars you'll see on the road by 2025
Two more eHighway tracks are already being built. One in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein, the other in Baden-Württemberg, in Germany's southwest.Germany says it wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020, by 55% by 2030, and up to 95% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.Siemens also trialed the eHighway in Carson, Los Angeles, in November 2017.
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