Scania and the Swedish government have taken a huge step toward renewable energy with the opening of their first stretch of Electric-Highway, also known as the e-Highway. After working for years on hybrid tractor-trailer trucks, Scania finally developed a WORKING system. This was accomplished by attaching a pantograph on top of the trucks, allowing the trucks to be easily attached/detached to electricity lines running along one lane of the highway.
Scania believes that Sweden could “drop fossil fuel emissions 80-90% and energy consumption by 50% or more” through wider installation of these trucks that utilize the e-Highway system. The company also claims that this is only the first step towards a completely fossil fuel emission free Sweden by 2030. Plus, since the trucks can switch from a 100% electric engine to a hybrid engine, Scania states that the operating costs for truck companies would greatly decrease as well. Plus, the initiative would create more jobs to build and maintain the e-Highways. Renewable energy, low emmissions AND new jobs? This is a hat trick of wins all around!