You’ll Need to Head to Sweden to Ride the First Electric Highway…

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.

Electric road hybrid truck, Scania G 360 4x2 (Hybrid Truck with Siemens pantograph on the roof) Gävle, Sweden
Electric road hybrid truck, Scania G 360 4×2 (Hybrid Truck with Siemens pantograph on the roof) Gävle, Sweden

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!

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