The phrase “electric vehicle” may conjure the image of a sleek Tesla Model 3 or a petite Nissan Leaf. However, the EV market is larger than its most successful passenger cars. The future of transport is electric — here are four vehicles (or vessels) ready to usher in the low-carbon era.
Scania electric highway
Transportation accounts for more than one-third of carbon dioxide emissions in Sweden, and nearly half of these originate with freight transport methods. This summer, the Scandinavian country decided to put a new method of truck transit to the test on a 2km stretch of motorway north of Sweden. And they call it, quite rightly, an “eHighway”.
Specially-designed Scania trucks will travel along the eHighway, made by engineering titan Siemens, using a pantograph which feeds power to the vehicle’s via overhead wires. It’s not all that different to your standard tram or trolley system.
“By far the greatest part of the goods transported in Sweden goes on the road, but only a limited part of the goods can be moved to other traffic types,” said Anders Berndtsson, Chief Strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration, in a statement. “That is why we must free the trucks from their dependence on fossil fuels, so that they can be used also in the future. Electric roads offer this possibility and are an excellent complement to the transport system.”
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