07 May 2019, Hessen, Darmstadt: Two Scania R450 Hybrid tractors with extended pantograph are about to start operating the first German test track for electric trucks with overhead contact line at a service area on motorway 5 (A5). The eHighway will be tested in public road traffic for the first time on the 10-kilometer test track between the Langen/M??rfelden and Weiterstadt junctions. Photo: Silas Stein/dpa (Photo by Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Germany introduces its first electric highway for trucks

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The German government has decided to put an end to diesel consumption by trucks, cities and fueling climate change, a lasting solution might have been found by the use of overhead lines to power big rigs.

This innovative allows trucks to draw electric power from overhead cables went into operation on 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the autobahn on Tuesday, according to the German government.

(Photo by Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images)

 

This system which is developed by Siemens (SIEGY ) allows big rigs with special equipment mounted on their roofs to connect to electrified lines while traveling at speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour (56 miles per hour).

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The trucks run on electric motors when connected to the overhead lines, and a hybrid system when they return to a traditional road. Sensors detect when the overhead wires are available.

Siemens says its eHighway system combines the efficiency of electric rail with the flexibility of trucking. Another benefit is a sharp reduction in emissions of CO2 and nitrogen oxides.

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