First E-Highway

Sweden starts Project for Trucks

The trolley system has been existing for a long time – for buses in cities. Now Sweden has started an overhead contact line for trucks on a two-kilometer strip on a highway north of Stockholm. The test phase will run for two years. Siemens and truck manufacturer Skania developed the system. Sensors enable the trucks to tap on the power line. Yet, the trucks are diesel hybrids. Which allows for the needed flexibility. Moreover, the trucks might also run with batteries or natural gas.
Sweden has ambitious goals. Until 2030, all traffic is supposed to work without using fossil fuels. Currently, a third of Sweden’s carbon emissions is caused by traffic, half of that by transport.