Germany is opening its first electric highway for trucks

Germany is opening its first electric highway for trucks

- Germany is about to launch its first electric highway for trucks to deal with issues of climate change

- The German government said the new road technology will work with existing road infrastructures

- The electric highway will reduce the amount of money truck drivers spend on fuel by $22,370 and also CO2 emission

Germany has found a way to reduce the consumption of diesel and thereby stopping pollution causing climate change.

The German government has created it first ever power big rigs which allow trucks to get electric power through overhead cables, CNN reports.

The project went live on Tuesday, May 8, and is the first ever that would be tested on a public road in Germany.

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The system, developed by Siemens (SIEGY), allows trucks with the aid of special equipment to allow the vehicles draw power while moving at 50 miles per hour.

Electric motors are connected in overhead lines and sensor detect when the wires are available for motion to take place.

One of the benefits of the system, according to Siemens, is that the system can be used with existing road infrastructures making it an alternative transport in places rails are not available.

The German government said it spent €70 million ($77 million) to develop trucks that are compatible with the system.

Siemens said, with the new system, a truck owner could save €20,000 ($22,370) on fuel over 100,000 kilometers (62,137 miles).

Another benefit of the system is that it will greatly help to reduce CO2 emission as the government said it is an efficient solution to it.

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

Meanwhile Legit.ng earlier reported that Tanzania's minister for works, transport and communications, Eng Isack Kamwele, said the country is set to test its first, maiden, cheaper and very superior own funded electric train.

It was reported that the train is tipped to be one of Africa's high speed trains with projected speeds of up to 160 mph.

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Kamwele disclosed this at a historic event to launch the flash bu*tt welding of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) exercise.

The minister said first trials for the speedy electric train will be conducted in July this year to cover a section of the SGR.

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