Continental Engineering Services (CES) and Siemens Mobility will cooperate in the future on the development and production of pantographs for trucks. The duo has its sights set on the electrification of road freight transport by means of so-called eHighways, as they are currently being tested in three regions in Germany.
The two companies are pooling their expertise to get series production of pantographs up and running in a timely manner for widespread use in Europe. The new partnership combines expertise from two technology worlds, according to communications from both companies. Siemens Mobility is a specialist in rail electrification, while Continental Engineering Services is a development and production service provider for automotive technologies. "The goal of the cooperation is to electrify key routes in the highway network with a catenary system and thus significantly reduce CO2 emissions from truck traffic."
Siemens Mobility has already developed an eHighway technology that supplies trucks with electricity via an overhead line. Thanks to the contact of the pantograph with the line, trucks can drive completely electrically and at the same time charge their batteries without using fuel. The system is currently being tested on three public test routes in Germany: on the A5 in Hesse between the Frankfurt Airport Zeppelinheim/Cargo City Süd junction and Darmstadt/Weiterstadt, in Schleswig-Holstein on the A1 between the Reinfeld junction and the Lübeck interchange, and on the B462 federal highway in Baden-Württemberg between Kuppenheim and Gaggenau.
The eHighway field trials are being funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment. In addition, the BMVI is supporting the scaling of overhead contact lines for long-distance transport in so-called innovation clusters and intends to implement large-scale pilot plants by 2023.
Siemens Mobility and CES see potential for the overhead contact line system throughout Europe, as evidenced by the fact that Siemens Mobility in the UK has just been brought on board a consortium that plans to build a 20-kilometer section of eHighway test track on the M180 near Scunthorpe, which could go into operation in 2024.