Siemens Elektromote

The Handy Shipping Guide is reporting that the German state of Hesse has commissioned Siemens to build an overhead powerline for electrified freight transport on a 10km stretch of autobahn. The eHighway concept, unveiled by Siemens in 2012, will supply power for an electric hybrid truck. The field test – on the A5 federal autobahn between the Zeppelinheim/Cargo City Süd interchange at the Frankfurt Airport and the Darmstadt/Weiterstadt interchange – will be the first on a German public highway, and forms part of a joint project with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The article notes that while the system is hardly ground breaking – trolleybuses were used across Europe and the US as far back as the 1800s – it has rarely been utilised by the freight sector.


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