10 May 2019
Germany introduces first eHighway
The German government announced this week the opening of what is touted as the first-ever eHighway on a near 10km stretch of the Autobahn near Frankfurt. The so-called eHighway is the culmination of a €14 million project by the German Ministry of the Environment which will test the use of electric charging cables, strung overhead, to allow the charging of hybrid trucks while in transit. The project, inspired by electric-train line technology, is developed by electronics manufacturer Siemens who have conducted earlier trials of the technology in California in 2017. The current project will continue through 2022 after which the government will decide whether to continue expanding the technology to other areas.