Electric Autobahn

February 2020

Germany opened its first ‘eHighway’ – a 6km stretch of autobahn near Frankfurt along which e-trucks can draw power from overhead cables.

The project is being funded by Siemens and the federal state of Hessen.

Trucks are restricted to speeds of 90km/h, but the potential benefits are huge: Siemens estimates that transport vehicles will save EUR 20,000 in fuel costs for every 100,000km, and 6m fewer tons of CO2 would be emitted if 30 percent of German highways were electrified. Siemens envisions the system – under trial until 2022 – connecting ports and cities.


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