Siemens eHighway: The Solution for Electric Trucks Stands on Looking Past

Siemens eHighway
Siemens eHighway

While the world is trying to make transportation more nature friendly, trucks carrying loads between cities and countries remain a big problem.

The energy required to transport this heavyweight is creating a huge emission problem. Although these trucks are being made electrically powered nowadays, 18 wheels and gigantic loads, cannot be enough for transporting even with these big batteries. For this reason, researchers are starting to look for solutions in the past.

Siemens, who rearranged the electric cables on the road, developed a hybrid truck that draws energy from these cabling, working just like a tram. This system is being tested for a while in the Swedish city of Gavle. Has given positive results this technology is now becoming part of the 710 and 405 highways in Los Angeles.

“These trucks are very heavy and require a significant amount of power, and we do not have electric pads that can run nonstop,” says Stefan Goeller, president of Siemens Railway Electrification.


The power system, located at the top of the trucks, allows the trucks to take their energy from the power cables as they travel through the right lane.

Thanks to the battery in the vehicle, the trucks can travel for about 5 km without taking electricity from any energy source. In addition, the trucks that have to stop on the road also stop taking electricity and the incoming electricity can be returned to the grid. Also while these trucks are trying to cross a slow-moving truck, they can turn off the power from the cables and take over power from the diesel system.

Thanks to this system, while the gas is being dropped in a serious rate, another benefit is that the trucks start to work incredibly quietly. The biggest disadvantage is the complicated structure of these cables which are laid on the roads. Of course, it is possible to ignore the fact that a smaller problem can arise compared to a big problem.

“What we often face in our industry is that one technology cannot always be a solution to all sectors,” says Stefan Goeller.

Despite everything, this old method will be great benefit to nature especially in regions where heavy truck traffic is present.

The Baltic Review guest author

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