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Germany Opens Electric Highway For Trucks To Curb Pollution (Photos)

Germany has found a way to curb the pollution caused by diesel trucks in their country.

These trucks have caused a lot of pollution to towns and cities. They are also fueling climate change all around the globe.

Germany has launched an electric highway for trucks which uses overhead lines to power big rigs.

This
system that 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.

It’s the first such test on a public road in Germany.

Developed by Siemens (SIEGY), the system 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).

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.

Road benefits

Siemens argues 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).

Environmental boost

Truck transportation is the world’s
fastest growing source of oil demand, according to the International
Transport Forum, which is part of the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development.

According to the group, road
transportation of goods will also account for 15% of the projected
increase in global CO2 emissions until 2050.

Slashing carbon
emissions from transportation including freight is a key part of the
2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which aims limit global warming to well
below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Projects like the one in Germany could be part of a solution that includes increased railway and electric vehicle use.

“Electrified
trucks are particularly efficient solution on the road to
carbon-neutral transportation,” said Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, state
secretary at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Tests
and demonstrations of the eHighway technology have also been conducted
on a smaller scale in Sweden and near the US ports of Los Angeles and
Long Beach.

Source:- Autojosh

Posted by on May 9, 2019.

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