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Scania to deliver trucks for e-highways

Three e-highways in Germany are to host trials involving hybrid Scania commercial vehicles on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) it was announced overnight.

Following a public tender process Scania will supply 15 trucks equipped with pantograph power collectors, developed by Siemens.

It is understood the pantograph power collectors are to be mounted on the frame behind the cab for charging while the vehicle is in motion.

Trials are expected to start early next year on the A5 Autobahn in Hessen where the five-kilometre e-highway infrastructure using electric power supplied from overhead lines in both directions has been completed.

The A1 Autobahn in Port of Lübeck will serve as the next testing ground before a third e-highway is established in Baden-Württemberg on the B462 by 2020.

Delivery of the first hybrid R 450 truck by Scania for the Hessen trial is scheduled for May 2019.

According to Scania the trucks during each trial will be used in a real world transport task by haulage companies, while the commercial vehicle manufacturer manages vehicle maintenance and data collection.

Scania is also currently partnering on a research project conducted by Volkswagen Group Research in which a Scania R 450 is expected to be delivered by as early as February.

The company announced that a second electrified research vehicle will be delivered in spring 2019 for ongoing analysis as it looks to optimise the powertrain concept, energy management, hybrid transmission, battery ageing and the next-generation cooling system.

“Unlike passenger cars, which remain parked and stationary most of the day, trucks are deployed for long hours in transport assignments when stopping to charge can be highly disruptive in the operations,” said Magnus Höglund, Scania Head of Electric Road System.

“E-highways offer rational and effective charging en route. The solution also saves batteries and reduces load on the energy network.”

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