Germany has launched the world’s first electrified truck route. The system uses overhead power lines, powered by renewable energy sources to cut emissions.
Using similar technology to that used by European railways, hybrid trucks can travel to a maximum speed of 90 kph (56 mph).
The German government has invested €70 million to develop trucks that can be used on the 10 km stretch of electrified road running from the freight hub at Frankfurt Airport to an industrial park.
Trucks are connected to the electrical supply via an active pantograph, which can connect and disconnect the vehicle to the power lines at any speed and transfers electrical energy to the truck’s electric motor.
This system is particularly beneficial for journeys of 50 km or less. It produces less pollutants and CO2 emissions, reduces noise levels in the area, and saves up to €20,000 for every 100,000 km traveled.