Following in the footsteps of Sweden and Germany, Italy will now also convert a section of their roads to a so-called e-highway with overhead cables for electrified trucks. They will also be testing the hybrid truck from Scania with overhead current collectors on the stretch of the A35.
The A35 connects the northern Italian Lombardy region cities Brescia, Bergamo and Milan. To begin, the project will focus on a six km stretch of the highway between the Romani di Lombardia and Calcio exits, and the long-term goal is to establish the first “zero impact” e-highway in Europe, which will provide power along the 62.1 km stretch using solar panels.
Specifically, the hybrid trucks will draw power from the overhead lines, using overhead collectors mounted behind the drivers cabin. This will allow the vehicles to charge while driving. The other partners involved in the project include Scania, Siemens, representatives of the A35 Brebemi and the Concessioni Autostradali Lombarde. The first two partners are also cooperating on two similar projects in Sweden and Germany.