- Germany is about to launch its first electric highway for trucks in efforts to combat climate change
- The German government said the new road technology will work with existing road infrastructure
- The electric highway will reduce the amount of money truck drivers spend on fuel by R319 300,00 over 100 000km and also reduce CO2 emission
Germany has found a way to reduce the consumption of diesel, thereby reducing pollution causing climate change.
The German government has created its first-ever power big rigs, which allow trucks to get electric power through overhead cables, CNN reports.
The project went live on Tuesday, May 8, and is the first-ever that would be tested on a public road in Germany.
The system, developed by Siemens (SIEGY), allows trucks (with the aid of special equipment) to allow the vehicles to draw power while moving at 50 miles per hour.
Electric motors are connected to overhead lines and sensors detect when the wires are available for motion to take place.
One of the benefits of the system, according to Siemens, is that the system can be used with existing road infrastructure, making it an alternative transport in places where rails are not available.
The German government said it spent €70 million (R1 117 851 100,80) to develop trucks that are compatible with the system.
Siemens said, with the new system, a truck owner could save €20,000 (R319 300,00) on fuel over 100,000 kilometers.
Another benefit of the system is that it will greatly help to reduce CO2 emission as the government said it is an efficient solution to this.
"Electrified trucks are particularly efficient solution on the road to carbon-neutral transportation," said Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.
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