Construction of the first electric highway in Germany at the starting blocks

Construction of the first electric highway in Germany at the starting blocks

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The experimental line will be built south of Frankfurt and the first hybrid trucks, capable of circulating along this stretch, are expected by the end of 2018

For the first time, an overhead charger (like those powering trolley buses) will be built along a stretch of the A5 in the Hesse region of Germany to allow special, hybrid trucks to circulate. The so-called e-Highway will run between Langen, Moerfelden and Weiterstadt. Siemens is managing the project with a contribution of approximately EUR 30 million from the Federal Ministry for the Environment. The Hesse Minister of Economy, Tarek Al-Wazir, presented the details: the experimental line will be built along a ten-kilometre stretch south of Frankfurt and the first trucks capable of circulating along the so-called e-Highway will be able to do so by the end of 2018. According to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the technology developed on a former military training area in the State of Brandenburg has to undergo tests on two additional stretches: on the "A1" highway near Lubeck and on a main road in the region of Baden-Wurttemberg.