My Cala Academy Blog
My Cala Academy Robot
previous arrow
next arrow
Slider

German pilot project: World’s first electric motorway

by | 21.01.2019

For many years Germany's logistics industry has been working on how road and rail transport can be clean, with less noise and emissions. International freight traffic is continuously increasing: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) speaks of a tripling of the global transport performance between 2000 and 2050. Only about one third of these additional freight transports can be handled by rail despite considerable expansion of the railway infrastructure. With higher volatility of value creation structures and increasing consumer demands for the fastest possible delivery, road and truck transport are fully exploiting their advantage of maximum flexibility at low cost.

MAKING ROAD TRANSPORT MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

What remains for sustainable logistics is to make the mode of transport itself more ecologically friendly. SIEMENS pursues the path of electrifying the road. The idea is not entirely new and many people are familiar with it, for example in the form of electrified bus services. Thanks to modern technology, there are now approaches to electrifying heavily used motorway sections for trucks. Even if the infrastructural effort is enormous, fully electric trucks can save fuel and emissions. If the electricity consists of renewable energies, the truck even becomes a climate-neutral mode of transport.

AUTOMATICALLY DOCKED WITH THE POWER PROVIDER

The concept provides for overhead contact lines to connect the truck's pantographs automatically when it drives underneath them. In this mode, it not only receives power for driving, but also for charging the battery, allowing it to cover further kilometers without overhead lines.

GAIN ENERGY WITH BRAKES AND FEED IT INTO THE POWER GRID

An ingenious energy management system ensures that energy is recovered when braking, for example, which then flows back into the battery or even back into the power grid. For conurbations in particular, the electrification of truck fleets can make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 and fine dust pollution as well as reducing noise emissions. In a first pilot project under real conditions between Darmstadt and Frankfurt (Germany), experiences with the operation of the system are to be collected.

eHighway. Benefits and highlights.

  • Innovative freight traffic solution
  • Combines efficiency of electrified railroads with flexibility of trucks
  • Economical and environmentally friendly
  • Applicable for various use cases: Shuttle transport, Electrified freight transport in mines, Electrified long-haul traffic
  • Consists of three core elements: the energy supply, the pantograph, and hybrid drive technology

 

VIDEOS  OF PILOT PROJECTS

GERMANY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8l9ieoIazc
SWEDEN:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmcMmYdF6lA
USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s1Vopg3vUc

Related Blog Posts

In today’s think tank with our customer Mitsubishi, we were discussing a cloud-based B2B solution to make the financial, administration, communication and logistics …

The next Automotive Forum will take place on 09/24/2019 at the DHL Innovation Center. CALA participants came to the presentations and discussions at the DHL stand at the transport logistics in Hall A4, Stand 203/302. Joachim Hermansky, Head of CALA, and Joachim Wüst, Head of Key Account Management, welcomed and invited them to a discussion. […]

At the DHL stand at transport logistics, with a stand in Hall A4, Stand 203/302, interesting logistics topics will take place every day.

At the turn of the century, tens of thousands of electric cars buzzed through the cities of the world. Over 565 electric car brands were registered before the Second World War.

Mexico is holding onto its position as a top-ten global automotive manufacturer and exporter despite a variety of challenges, including the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the occurrence of severe weather events and a worsening domestic security situation. Eduardo Solis, executive president of the Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz (AMIA), told delegates at the […]