Siemens building electric highway in Germany
- System to be completed at end of 2018

Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a ten-kilometer stretch of highway, the company announced on Friday.

The line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck.

The system will be completed at the end of 2018.

Siemens will be responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of the system while Hessen Mobil, responsible for road and transport management in Hesse, is managing the project.

The system is being built as part of the joint project "Electrified, innovative heavy freight transport on autobahns" of Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

The eHighway is twice as efficient compared to internal combustion engines, Siemens said.

"The core element of the system is an intelligent pantograph on the trucks combined with a hybrid drive system. Trucks equipped with the system operate locally emission-free with electricity from the overhead line and automatically switch to a hybrid engine on roads without overhead lines," Siemens explained.

By Zeynep Beyza Kilic

Anadolu Agency




12 Aug,2017