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THE GER­MAN GOV­ERN­MENT is co-fi­nanc­ing a re­search project to test and de­velop elec­tric road tech­nol­ogy for eHigh­ways us­ing Sca­nia trucks.

Volk­swa­gen Group Re­search to­gether with Siemens will de­velop tech­nol­ogy and elec­tric hy­brid long-haulage Sca­nias 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 long-haul heavy-duty com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

Dur­ing 2019 and 2020, elec­tri­cally pow­ered trucks are to be tested on three new Ger­man eHigh­ways.

In the first phase of the project, 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 will have sev­eral bat­ter­ies for greater ca­pac­ity. The Ger­man tests will see Sca­nia trucks equipped with a pan­to­graph power col­lec­tor de­vel­oped by Siemens mounted on the frame be­hind the cab.

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