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New Era of Electric Transportation?
Germany is developing a new electric highway for trucks that have taken construction on Tuesday on 6.2 miles of the Autobahn.
Siemens, a company in Germany, is working on developing an electric highway for trucks. Trucks are using more and more diesel, which is polluting towns, cities, and fueling climate change. They are working on a system that will allow trucks to draw electric power from overhead cables. The German government has spent nearly $77 million to develop trucks that support this system. Although it costs a chunk to equip these trucks so they are functional, truckers can save upwards of $23,000 on gas for every 62,000 miles.
This highway has gone into operation on 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) of the Autobahn (federal controlled access highway in Germany – 8,075 miles). The trucks will run on electric motors when connected to the overhead lines, and a hybrid system when they return to a traditional road. Sensors will be able to detect when the overhead wires are available.
There are many benefits that will result from this system. Germany will begin to see a sharp reduction in emissions of CO2 and nitrogen oxide. This highway system can be integrated with existing road infrastructure, making it a practical way to reduce emissions and energy consumption in places where railways aren’t feasible.
Truck transportation is the world fastest growing source of oil demand and its projected that road transportation of goods will account for 15% of the projected increase in global CO2 emissions until 2050. Projects like the one in Germany could be part of a solution that includes increased railway and electric vehicle use. This system designed by Siemens is all in an effort for carbon-neutral transportation and climate-friendly traffic.