Intelligent pantograph enables full vehicle flexibility

Intelligent pantograph enables full vehicle flexibility

Siemens announced that soon it will bring the eHighway concept to California - where together with Volvo's subsidiary, Mack Trucks, it is preparing a new demonstration project.

All thanks to $13.5 million grants provided by various sources (see details), which enable Siemens to build a 2-mile long catenary system for electric and hybrid trucks at I-710 and develop one diesel hybrid electric class 8 truck.

"Siemens is to conduct demonstrations on a two-mile stretch of highway after installing a catenary system for electric and hybrid trucks in the vicinity of the largest US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The company was awarded the associated contract by Southern California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The objective is to completely eliminate local emissions such as nitrogen oxides and to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and cut the operating costs of trucks. The test results should be available in the summer of 2016, and will indicate the suitability of the systems for future commercial use. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are seeking an emission-free solution ("Zero Emission I-710 Project") for a section of Highway 710, which carries a high proportion of shuttle truck traffic. The 30 kilometer route links the two ocean ports and the railroad transshipment centers inland."

"As part of the demonstration of the eHighway systems, two lanes of Alameda Street in the city of Carson, California, are being electrified via a catenary system."

Scania G 360 4x2 with pantograph, electrically powered truck at the Siemens eHighway. Gross Dölln, Germany

Scania G 360 4x2 with pantograph, electrically powered truck at the Siemens eHighway. Gross Dölln, Germany

According to press releases, Siemens's current collectors allows trucks to connect and disconnect from the catenary system at any speed and enable overtaking maneuvers and automatic connecting, as well as disconnecting at speeds up to 90 km/h (56 mph).

On roads without overhead lines, the truck will drive like regular hybrids.

We are curious what Californians will say when the see a trolley truck on the highway (on the right, we attached a photo from Germany's test track).

Matthias Schlelein, head of Siemens Division Mobility and Logistics in the USA commented:

"Our eHighway technology eliminates local emissions and is an economically attractive solution for freight transport on shuttle truck routes. Long Beach and Los Angeles, the two US ports generating the most traffic, can benefit hugely from our technology."

Barry Wallerstein, SCAQMD's executive officer stated:

"This project will help us evaluate the feasibility of a zero-emission cargo movement system using catenary. Southern California's air pollution is so severe that it needs, among other strategies, zero- and near-zero emission goods movement technologies to achieve clean air standards."

Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino remarked:

"I'm happy to see the Los Angeles region leading the way in bringing cutting edge technology to an increasingly important economic center. The eHighway project is a great example of how electricity can help power the next generation of transportation systems while also providing cleaner air for our citizens in the process."

HGVs with hybrid drive technology for use on electrified routes

HGVs with hybrid drive technology for use on electrified routes