Sus­tain­able haul­ing on the elec­tric high­way

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL NEWS/ Sca­nia is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Ger­many’s eHigh­way test project

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Many coun­tries around the world con­tinue to in­vest in tech­nol­ogy and in­fra­struc­ture for fu­ture trans­port so­lu­tions.

While Ger­many might be the cen­tre of the emis­sions cheat­ing scan­dal in­volv­ing the Volk­swa­gen Group and oth­ers, the Ger­man gov­ern­ment is also ex­plor­ing a num­ber of trans­porta­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Re­cently it de­cided to co­fi­nance a re­search project to test and de­velop elec­tric road tech­nol­ogy for eHigh­ways.

Volk­swa­gen Group Re­search to­gether with Siemens will de­velop tech­nol­ogy and elec­tric hy­brid long-haulage trucks sup­plied by Sca­nia for the Ger­man eHigh­way re­search project. This re­search is a pre-phase be­fore the start-up of three dif­fer­ent test ar­eas on Ger­man pub­lic roads, with elec­tric power sup­plied from over­head lines.

The project, Trucks for Ger­man eHigh­ways, aims to re­duce car­bon emis­sions from long­haul heavy-duty com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. Dur­ing 2019 and 2020 elec­tri­cally-pow­ered trucks are to be tested on three new Ger­man eHigh­ways. The project is co-fi­nanced by the Ger­man gov­ern­ment through BMUB, the Fed­eral Min­istry of the En­vi­ron­ment, Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion and Nu­clear Safety.

“For long-haulage trans­port, Sca­nia sees elec­tric roads as one promis­ing tech­nol­ogy for a sus­tain­able trans­port fu­ture. Ve­hi­cle elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is de­vel­op­ing quickly and with its en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and cost ben­e­fits, it will play an im­por­tant role in the shift to a fos­sil-free trans­port sys­tem,” Sca­nia ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent re­search and devel­op­ment Claes Erixon says.

The re­search project is be­ing man­aged by Volk­swa­gen Group Re­search, which will con­trib­ute with re­sources and knowl­edge re­gard­ing ve­hi­cle elec­tri­fi­ca­tion for pas­sen­ger cars, and in­ves­ti­gate re­search syn­er­gies for the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of heavy com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. In the first phase, Sca­nia will sup­ply two elec­tric hy­brid long-haulage pro­to­type trucks with dif­fer­ent pow­er­trains: one will have a sin­gle bat­tery with a 15kWh ca­pac­ity, the other with sev­eral bat­ter­ies for greater ca­pac­ity.

Sim­i­lar to Sca­nia’s tri­als of elec­tric hy­brid trucks on an elec­tric road in Swe­den, the world’s first pub­lic road test of this tech­nol­ogy, the Ger­man tests will see Sca­nia trucks equipped with a pan­to­graph power col­lec­tor de­vel­oped by Siemens mounted on the frame be­hind the cab.

“Sca­nia will en­ter this new project with all our ex­pe­ri­ence from the Swedish project. In the Ger­man project, the most im­por­tant re­search ar­eas will be to an­a­lyse and op­ti­mise the pow­er­train con­cept, en­ergy man­age­ment, the hy­brid trans­mis­sion, bat­tery age­ing and the next gen­er­a­tion cool­ing sys­tem,” says Chris­ter Thorén, project man­ager for elec­tric road tech­nol­ogy at Sca­nia.

As part of the com­pany’s goal to drive the shift to­wards a sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tem, it is work­ing on sev­eral projects aimed at ac­cel­er­at­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy progress for both ur­ban and long-haulage trans­port. Sca­nia is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Swedish-Ger­man gov­ern­ment in­no­va­tion ini­tia­tive on mo­bil­ity and elec­tri­cal roads.

Part­ner­ship projects such as “Trucks for Ger­man eHigh­ways” are fur­ther proof of this ap­proach to in­no­va­tion. Sca­nia says it be­lieves it can help find the short­est dis­tance and time to a sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tem.

One of the Sca­nia elec­tric trucks that will op­er­ate on the Ger­man eHigh­way test routes.

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