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Trucks on a line

Heise says: For long distance good transport Germany will test electrified lorries withpantographs and catenaries running on pieces of Autobahn in Hessen and Schleswig-Holstein as a proof of concept. The trucks are supposed to draw power from the catenary and must be able to drive the last mile on their own power.

The illustration mentions hybrid cars, the text speaks about Diesel engines and a small battery. If the last mile is short enough (acutally up to 100km), it’s in principle possible to buy purely electric trucks. The truck could recharge while driving on the Autobahn, and then use that power after going off the line into the city.

Siemens eHighway Praxis-Studie

Such a system would also be highly interesting for autonomous and highly automated driving.

Published inPost Car Society


  1. Hartmut Holzgraefe

    Fünf Worte: “eingeschränktes Lichtraumprofil” und “Schwertransport mit Übergröße”

    Ansonsten eine feine Idee, selbst dann wenn es erstmal “nur hybrid” wäre. Solange nicht das gesamte Autobahnnetz umgerüstet ist wird es wohl erstmal anders als hybrid dann doch nicht gehen. Andererseits fallen das zusätzlicher Platzbedarf und Gewicht einer Hybridlösung bei einem LKW weit weniger ins Gewicht als bei einem PKW …

  2. Somebody

    Ich dachte sowas gibt es schon. Nennt sich ‘Güterzug’.

  3. Frank Wiegand

    Post Cat Society

    • kris kris

      Thanks, fixed.

  4. Maik

    Könnte man eigentlich unten rum noch auf Schienen packen, um die Steuerung zu vereinfachen, und dann ganz viele davon aneinander hängen.

    • kris kris

      But then you still have the problem of the last mile delivery. Apparently that’s sufficiently complicated to make this kind of vehicle attractive. Autonomous trucks forming road trains and dissolving them automatically seems to be a way of saving energy, and would be much more flexible and space saving that running a lot of railway to every potential customer, it seems.

  5. Erwin

    Ich komme aus Niedersachsen da hat jeder Hühnerstall einen blitzableiter……….OH Wait.

  6. Marcel Anacker

    Post Cat Society? Wer würde denn so etwas wollen?

  7. Siemens of course want to sell their system. I still hope that inductive tech will be installed in the long run instead of this slightly daft looking system. Fraunhofer can already go up to 200 km/h and also has a back channel to let trucks refeed braking energy.

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