Germany has opened the first stretch of an ‘electric’ highway that can charge trucks simultaneously.
The highway intends to connect hybrid trucks to overhead wires, allowing them to recharge while travelling on the country’s main transportation arteries.
The 10 kilometre (6-mile) stretch south of Frankfurt on Germany’s A5 autobahn was opened last week.
According to Bloomberg the system was built by Munich-based engineering firm Siemens AG, while Volkswagen AG’s Scania trucks unit provided the vehicles.
The system uses technology similar to trains or trams, allowing trucks to link on while driving at up to 90 kilometers an hour, drawing power from the wires above.
The electricity charges up the trucks’s battery, allowing it to drive electrically for a while, with a diesel motor kicking in once the battery is depleted, reports Bloomberg.