Germany Tests Overhead Wires for Charging Hybrid Trucks

A section of the autobahn with a contact network near Frankfurt is fully operational.

There, Scania tests hybrid trucks with pantographs on the roof.

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Since the beginning of July, the first German road test site near Frankfurt with contact power lines has been fully commissioned. There, the hybrid Scania R 450 equipped with a pantograph is being tested. The last of the five trucks was recently delivered to the German construction materials supplier Knauf.

This pilot project fits well with our commitment to use all resources responsibly

says Christoph Dorn, Managing Director, Knauf Group Central Europe.

We hope this will give us an understanding that will help to make our logistics processes even more sustainable, especially in metropolitan areas.
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The other four trucks for the contact network are operated by Schanz, Meyer Logistics, Contargo and Merck. Now, with all five trucks plying a five-kilometer electrified stretch of the A5 motorway every day, data will be collected for several studies to explore the benefits of powered roads.

A five-kilometer test track on a motorway may seem very short in both directions, but the goal is to test the technology

says Heinrich Kerstgens, Co-Managing Director, Contargo. In June, the company received a third hybrid truck for the project.

If the feedback is positive and if about one-third of the German motorway network is equipped with electric contact lines, about 80 percent of heavy trucks registered in Germany will be able to operate in electric mode using this technology in the future. This will make a really significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions

explains Kerstgens.

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The section of the A5 motorway in Hesse is one of three test contact lines in Germany. The second section of the road was opened in Schleswig-Holstein (A1) at the end of 2019, and the last tests will begin in Baden-Württemberg (B462) at the end of 2020.

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