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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.

Volvo Group Preps e-Mack for Ports

August 26, 2014 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pinnacle Truck with Smaller Engine for Catenary Trials

The Volvo Group is preparing a modified Mack Pinnacle tractor with a smaller diesel engine and a battery pack affording all-electric range of five to ten miles for the government-sponsored overhead catenary power truck project that’s gathering steam in Southern California.

Siemens to Test Catenary Trucks

August 13, 2014 in Electric Drive, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

South Coast AQMD Awards Siemens a Contract to Test
Three Truck Types on a Two-Mile Stretch of Road in Carson,
Siemens Cites Volvo Group/Mack, TransPower Involved Too

Siemens is to conduct demonstrations of electric trucks drawing power from overhead lines in the vicinity of the largest U.S. ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Catenary Pantograph for Zero Emissions

June 18, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Siemens-TransPower Project Backed by a Bevy of Agencies

A key part of the funding equation fell into place last week as the California Energy Commission said it’s awarding $1.6 million to retrofit five heavy duty trucks to run on power from an overhead catenary wire using the Siemens pantograph system – part of a $13.5 million program.

GNA Completes AQMD Zetech Study

April 22, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s got an exotic name but it’s a simple concept: operate regular-route port-serving trucks on electricity in high-traffic, population-dense areas, solving the battery problem plaguing modern electric vehicles by using century-old overhead catenary technology for power. The exotic name is Zetech, for Zero Emission Truck and Electric Catenary Highway. Gladstein, Neandross & Associates has completed an analysis of Zetech’s potential for SCAQMD, the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

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