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The First Electric Highway System is launched in Sweden and One to be launched in California

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, July 08, 2016

Siemens in collaboration with Scania have installed the first ever electric highway system in Sweden. The system which is capable of propelling hybrid trucks for as much as 1.25 miles can also charge up their batteries at the same time.

This innovation was in response to Sweden’s green future initiative, aimed at cutting down emissions. Fossil fuels have been identified as being the biggest threat to our ecosystem. Even though emissions come from cars, trucks are the biggest emitter of CO2. In Sweden for instance, the transport system contributes 33% of CO2 emission, with 50% coming from haulage trucks. It for this reason that Scania being one of the largest truck manufacturer in Sweden, decided to partner with Siemens in creating an electrically powered highway which is currently in its test phase.

It will take about two years for the entire testing phase of the project to be completed. The highway will run for 1.25 miles, stretching to highways located in the North of Stockholm, which is Sweden’s capital. More like electrically powered railroads, the highway will have overhead power lines installed them, which trucks can connect to using connections systems installed at the top of each truck. Sensors will also be installed in the trucks to sense when overhead wire is present. The moment a wire is sensed, a connector pantograph by name will be released by the truck either automatically or manually by the driver.

The moment the pantograph locks on to electricity supply wires, the driver will then be free to shut down the combustion engine of the truck, relying on the electricity supplied by the wires in propelling the truck. Other than propelling the truck, the truck’s batteries will be charged all at the same time. This makes it possible for excess energy to be fed into the electrical lines, thus providing energy for other trucks connected to the electrical lines. When a driver gets to the end of the electrical line, the combustion engine of the truck can then be turned back on.

According to Roland Edel, head Mobility department of Siemens, the system will be capable of reducing energy consumption by two, while also axing down air pollution. Class Erixon of Scania went further to state that the system’s testing has already achieve desired result, as leaders of the world are trying to build a transport system free of fossil fuel. After two years of testing, the electrically powered highway system will be a solution the world will turn to.

Efforts are being made by Siemens in collaboration with the government of California to have an electrically powered highway built in California. This time, the trucks will be built by Volvo. Different truck configuration will be tried out during the entire testing phase of the project.

Nikola Motor has also made a bold move in axing down the emissions given off by her trucks. Trucks by Nikola Motor will likely be used during testing as well.



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