Sweden just opened the world’s first ‘electric highway’ that has a series of wires hanging overhead that pantograph-equipped trucks can connect to it.
The project is in collaboration of Siemens and Scania to make an eHighway that is twice as efficient as conventional engines.
It is a 1.2-mile road stretch with a series of wires hanging overhead that when pantograph-equipped truck connected, they emit zero emissions. They can go back to using diesel once they are off the power grid of the highway.
The work seems notable as transport accounts for more than one third of Sweden’s carbon dioxide emissions which results to employing two-year trial for the eHighway. Once the test is complete, the team will analyze the data if it’s possible and economically viable, then they will administer further deployment in the future.
Claes Erixon, Scania official, told that the project is “one important milestone on the journey towards fossil-free transport.”