Fossils fuels are bad for earth. They are responsible for the dirty atmosphere, various breath problems and for global warming. Freight transportation is one of the most fuel intensive activities in all countries. Sweden, a wonderful country in many other ways, has taken a milestone step towards reducing carbon emissions. The world’s very first electric highway was opened in Gävle, Central Sweden on 22, June.
The e-highway stretches for 1.2 miles (2 km). It’s a part of the E16 highway in the country. The setup is similar to the electric train system. The road has a series of wires hanging from the top. Trucks equipped with pantographs connect to these overhead wires. They can then switch off their oil burning engine and hitch a ride in the dirt cheap emission free electricity.
An eclectically powered Scania G 360 4 x 2 truck made the inaugural journey successfully. The overhead wires were built by Siemens, assisted by Scania and The Transport Administration of Sweden. The trucks used are hybrid models from Scania. This system is claimed to cut energy consumption by half and reduces air pollution.
The connection to the trucks can take place at speeds up to 90 km/h (56 mph), while in motion. Hooked up trucks in the series can also trade energy. For example, if a truck is braking on a downward incline, it needs less energy. This extra energy can be recovered and can be passed on to other trucks in the line that are accelerating. After they steer clear off the electric highway, the trucks can ride on normally as before.
Sweden plans to get its transport sector independent of fossil fuels by 2030. The electric highway is designed to be a 2 year trial. Siemens is also going to put up another trail electric highway in partnership with Volvo, in California.
That’s an insanely wonderful gesture to protect our green earth. What do you think?