Siemens and Scania get green light for research project in Germany
According to an official press release, Siemens and Volkswagen Group’s Swedish subsidiary Scania have received the go-ahead for a research project in Germany. The project will chiefly involve the use of overhead power lines on Germany’s public roads by heavy goods vehicles.
The main objective behind the research project is to enable zero-emissions, long-haul electric trucks to travel on public roads in Germany by using an overhead catenary system in place of massive battery packs.
The research project to be carried out by Siemens and Scania is scheduled to run for three years. With the two companies already having launched pilot systems and trials on the supply of electrical energy for goods traffic, the research project will essentially bring the technology onto the public roads in Germany where battery energy density/costs will be subsidized.
As part of the research project, two Scania trucks with different degrees of electrification in the hybrid drivetrain will participate in test drives on three different trial routes in Germany. Test drives of the two hybrid trucks will begin in 2019.
With regard to the Siemens-Scania partnership for the research project, the press release has revealed that Siemens will be responsible for developing the pantograph, while Scania will be providing the required hybrid trucks for the trials and also for carrying out the accompanying research.
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