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

As part of the benefits on the road, it is been arguee that the 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.

The section of road opened Tuesday is part of a crucial link between Frankfurt airport, a global freight hub, and a nearby industrial park. Two more stretches of highway with the system will open soon.

The German government spent €70 million ($77 million) to develop trucks that can use the system. Siemens said that a truck owner could save €20,000 ($22,370) on fuel over 100,000 kilometers (62,137 miles).

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