Germany has launched the world’s first electrified truck route. The system uses overhead overhead power lines, powered by renewable energy sources to reduce emissions.
Hybrid trucks can drive with a technology similar to that of European railways, with a maximum speed of 90 km / h (56 mph).
The German government has invested € 70 million in the development of trucks that can be used on the 10 km long electrified road that runs 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 transfer electrical energy to the truck’s electric motor.
This system is especially advantageous for journeys or 50 km or less. It produces fewer pollutants and CO2 emissions, reduces the noise level in the area and saves up to € 20,000 for every 100,000 kilometers traveled.