At EVS26 in Los Angeles, Siemens described its ‘eHighway of the Future’ concept for the electrification of trucks and select highway lanes via overhead electrified wires similar to how modern day trolleys or streetcars are powered on many city streets.
Currently being tested in Germany, pilot projects are already being planned for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to connect to cargo centers. The technology also can also be expanded to allow trucks to travel through densely populated cities.
When most people think of vehicle emissions, they assume cars do most of the damage, but it’s actually commercial trucks that are largely to blame. Freight transportation on US roadways is expected to double by 2050, while global oil resources continue to deplete. And by 2030, carbon dioxide emissions are forecasted to jump 30% due to freight transport alone.—Daryl Dulaney, CEO, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities, United States
Siemens has developed the supporting technology necessary: infrastructure, software, hardware and drives. This technology compliments Siemens’ ELFA portfolio of complete hybrid drive system. The ELFA traction hybrid drive systems enable personal and commercial vehicles to save more than 30% in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Essentially, all that is needed is a hybrid diesel electric freight truck with built-in technology and software to connect to overhead electrified wires. The trucks are designed to use both electricity and diesel power and will automatically switch to electric mode when they detect and attach to the overhead lines. Once the truck leaves the lines, it switches back to diesel.