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Electric trucks -- with catenary power!

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#1 MARC Rider

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 09:53 PM

At the first day of the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, I saw an interesting presentation by a guy from Siemens.  They've developed a hybrid class 8 tractor that also has a pantograph, so it can draw power from a catenary, if one is available.  Apparently, they've installed this on a segment of road in Sweden as a test, and they're planning to install one in the Los Angeles area, and somewhere in Germany, too.  This would actually be a great idea for drayage trucks at a port, where they're waiting around to pick up containers, running on electricity from an overhead wire instead of idling their (usually very obsolete and high-polluting) engines.  I had sort of daydreamed about such a concept, I didn't think that people were actually working on it, though.






Now all you need to do is put a pantograph on your Prius, and you'll never have to pay for gas again! :)

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