Powered by power lines
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.