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Siemens Starts eHighway Building

March 31, 2015 in Electric Drive, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Overhead Electrical Power to Slash Pollution Near the Ports

Siemens reports the start of construction on an “eHighway” project in Carson, Calif. serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The goal is for electric drive trucks to run (and in some cases charge) on grid power in the traffic- and population-dense harbor area, before splitting off to their destinations.

Construction pylons and traffic control zone as eHighway construction gets underway on Alameda Street in Carson, Calif. photo courtesy Siemens.

Construction pylons and traffic control zone as eHighway construction gets underway on Alameda Street in Carson, Calif. photo courtesy Siemens.



A variety of trucks and designs have been proposed and numerous studies made of the concept, which is also known for the catenary or pantograph lines that would connect the trucks to the electrical grid (F&F, August 13, 2014).

“This first-of-its-kind system will use electricity delivered via overhead lines to electrify road lanes and provide clean and efficient power to trucks,” Siemens Mobility president Kevin Riddett said in a blog post today.

‘Sophisticated and Innovative Electrification Technology’

“Using electricity to power the heavy-duty trucks that travel on the one-mile stretch near the ports will result in significantly reduced emissions and lower noise pollution,” he said.

Siemens photo shows a section of Alameda Street cleared foe the eHighway test lane and an electrical substation.

Siemens photo shows a section of Alameda Street cleared foe the eHighway test lane and an electrical substation.

Siemens has also commenced work on a test track on an off-shoot of Alameda Street for the electrical substation to power the overhead lines.

The Siemens eHighway project is supported by SCAQMD, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which is contributing $5.4 million to the $14,780,000 effort.

Like a Trolley or Streetcar

“The technology, similar to trolley systems or streetcars with overhead lines, allows these intricate logistical hubs need to meet increasing local and global demand for goods,” Riddett said.

“By improving the transportation systems in and around the Ports, these hubs can better meet the growing demand through the use of sophisticated and innovative electrification technology.”


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Source: Siemens AG and SCAQMD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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