24 Jun '16, 8pm

Sweden Opens ‘Electric Road’ For Big Rig Trucks https://t.co/nGCKoLKIoB

Sweden Opens ‘Electric Road’ For Big Rig Trucks https://t.co/nGCKoLKIoB

Large semi-trucks employing conductive technology can cruise along in the right lane of a 1.2-mile stretch of the E16 highway outside the city of Gävle, close to the Baltic Sea in central Sweden, using electric power. Called the eHighway, when the big rigs exit the test area they automatically revert to their diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain fueled by bio diesel. Or, they can travel up to two miles on the stored electric energy of a fully charged five-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery. Similar to the overhead power supply for light rail, an energy collecting device called a pantograph mounted behind the cab, raises to connect with the overhead wires about 18 feet above the roadway. The system feeds 750 volts DC to the pantograph, which is connected to the truck’s electric hybrid system. Developed by tech giant Siemens, the pantograph technology is not new, and is based on ...

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