Germany Is Unveiling A Highway Exclusively For Electric Trucks

This could change the future of goods transportation.

Germany is unveiling a new highway system that has overhead cables powering the Mack truck you're accustomed to seeing on major interstates.


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The system, which Germany began testing on its famous autobahn highway this week, is aimed at reducing the carbon emissions and gas guzzling caused by large trucks. Germany's government spent $77 million developing trucks that can use the system and estimate a truck owner would save $22,370 on fuel over 62,000 miles of driving, according to CNN.

"Electrified trucks are particularly efficient solution on the road to carbon-neutral transportation," Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, told CNN.

Siemens, an automation company, developed the roads and says they allow big rigs to connect to the lines — much like a subway or troller — and can travel nearly 60 miles per hour. Right now, 6.2 miles of the autobahn have been converted for use by electric big rigs. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says road transportation is going to account for 15 percent of the increase in global CO2 emissions by 2050, CNN reported. With innovative roads like this one, environmentalists are hoping they can reduce that number significantly.

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