A return to trolley buses?
Trolley Buses used to be a common sight on our roads and for those of us old enough to remember them they probably bring back some great nostalgic memories, in fact if we look back in time at Electric Vehicles one of the most well known companies to have a fleet of EV Delivery vehicles was Harrods, who kept them in an underground garage.
It may come as a surprise then, to find out that trials are again taking place using overhead power cable systems, this time to power EV Trucks with the pilot projects taking place in Germany. Called the e-Highway its a 5 kilometre stretch of the Autobahn between Darmstadt and Frankfurt. Supported by Scania Trucks and Siemens (who are providing the overhead technology) the project will run for 3 years.
This may provide a solution for Trucks and buses that travel long distances to have a constant power source and then switch to onboard energy systems when they reach the destination area although we are mindful that over the next 3 years, there will be some staggering advances in both Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Battery Technology that may overtake this project.
If you are in Scotland, then you may also want to look at attending the Energy Savings Trust De-Carbonisation conference on the 15/16 May in Glasgow. This is a free conference and Dcarbonise presents a great opportunity for businesses to find out about the big changes coming to Scotland’s energy efficiency landscape.