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Scania supplies trucks for e-highways

February 19, 2019
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Scania is supplying 15 trucks for trials on German e-highways this year. Trials will initially commence in Hessen along the A5 Autobahn, where the five-kilometre e-highway infrastructure (with electric power supplied from overhead lines in both directions) has been completed.

Next will be an e-highway segment on the A1 Autobahn to the port of Lübeck, with additional stationary charging capacity planned at the port. This highway section is expected to open during mid-2019.

Finally, the third e-highway is expected be established in Baden-Württemberg along a section of the B462 federal road in early 2020.

The 15 trucks will be equipped with pantograph power collectors, developed by Siemens, mounted on the frame behind the cab for charging while in motion. These trucks will be operated by haulage companies in actual transport operations.

Delivery of the first hybrid R 450 truck by Scania for Hessen is scheduled for May 2019. In addition to delivering trucks, Scania will manage vehicle maintenance and data collection from the trials.

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