Continental Engineering Services (CES) and Siemens Mobility will cooperate in the development and production of pantographs for trucks. The duo has in mind the electrification of road freight transport by means of so-called eHighways, as they are currently being tested in three regions in Germany.
Germany’s electric highway project Elisa is experiencing delays. Five cantenary trucks i.e with overhead current collectors are to collect data on the A5 in order to sound out the opportunities for tomorrow’s freight traffic. Less than five months after the start of the project, only two trucks are in operation.
Tomorrow, the eHighway project Elisa (electrified, innovative heavy traffic on the autobahn) will start on a section of the A5 highway between Langen and Weiterstadt. For the first time on a German motorway, hybrid trucks will be powered via overhead lines.
Works have started on one of three eHighway projects in Germany. Led by Siemens, the track along the A1 motorway will enable hybrid trucks to charge while in motion via overhead wire. The pilot set to start in mid-2019 will receive power from renewable energy sources.
The German environmental ministry has given the green light for the eHighway pilot to look further into the electrification of long distance hauling trucks via pantograph. Project partners are Siemens and Volkswagen.
The eRoadArlanda in Sweden is now open and will first allow electric trucks to drive while charging. This is made possible through an innovative rail system, that hooks onto the electric vehicles fully automatically, and cars may soon follow.
Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) inaugurated a 1.6 km test track with an overhead catenary system made by Siemens. The eHighway stretches out in the Californian city of Carson, close to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Open Innovation Lab in Paris: ‘Le Square‘ is Renault’s third research centre charged with finding transport solutions for the future. The Paris Open Innovation Lab is to go beyond the corporation and build a hub for start-ups and other external partners. The research focus is electric transport, connectivity as well as automation. Other OI Labs can be found in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. greencarcongress.com, renault.com
eHighways in India? The government in Delhi is exploring plans to dedicate one lane on each national highway for electric trucks. A pilot is under consideration to run on a motorway between Mumbai and Delhi with 50t trucks powered by electricity from overhead cables just like on Siemens’ eHighways that are under construction in Sweden and Germany. If the trial in India is successful, the system could be introduced across the country. livemint.com
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Flagship project: MS innogy is the first ship in Germany to be powered by a methanol fuel cell. It will serve on Lake Baldeney in Essen this Summer. Maker innogy represents the project’s entire value chain – from the production of the fuel using renewables to use of a fuel cell in a boat. innogy.com
Freightliner now electric: Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), has completed the integration of its plug-in electric drivetrain into a new OEM platform, Freightliner. The truck now has an all-electric range of 25 miles and 300 more miles in hybrid modes. ngtnews.com, greencarcongress.com
Germany get two eHighways: Germany will test electric trucks on 12 km stretches of two motorways in northern and central Germany from no later than the end of 2018. The trucks will be powered through an overhead wire. The German Press Agency dpa says, the exact location of the test routes will be announced in February. handelsblatt.com, heise.de (in German)
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Inductive charging standard gets more concrete: Carmakers and technology suppliers from across the world have agreed on the SAE J2954 standard for wireless charging. It allows for inductive charging with 3.7 and 7.7 kW and provides a basis for manufacturers to develop their systems. It also ensures that the new systems are compatible with vehicles from other brands. greencarcongress.com, sae.org
Fully autonomous Tesla in 2017? Elon Musk says the company will be ready in about three and no later than six months to allow for fully automated driving. Tesla cars are already being fitted with the necessary hardware since last October. The only thing standing in the technology’s way are rules and regulations. teslarati.com, electrek.co
BMW i home energy storage: The Bavarian’s i division announced a stationary energy storage system for the home at the EVS 29 in Canada. Just like Tesla and Mercedes, BMW uses high-voltage batteries from the i3 and could also incorporate second-life batteries. greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com
eHighway launched: The world’s first eHighway kicked off in Sweden. Two kilometres of the E16 motorway north of Stockholm have been fitted with a Siemens overhead contact system for trucks. It will fuel two hybrid trucks from Scania that were especially conceived for the two-year testing phase. greencarcongress.com, siemens.com
Faraday allowed to drive autonomously: The California ministry of transport has approved autonomous test drives for Faraday Future’s electric racer. Later this year, the company hopes to also test the EV on public roads before launching the model in the U.S. next near. reuters.com
Rimac to the top: Rimac will take part in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an updated version of its E-Runner Concept One. The electric racer is fitted with four electric motors and boast a whopping 1.1 MW (1,475 hp) of power. gizmag.com, rimac-automobili.com