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Green Machine: Electric freight trucks coming to LA
May, 28 2012
San Francisco has its famous electric streetcars, but Los Angeles looks
set to take the concept one step further. Freight trucks may soon buzz
up and down electric lines along Interstate 710, which connects Los
Angeles to Long Beach, California. This "eHighway" could cut carbon emissions and fuel use by trucks by as much as 30 per cent.
Siemens Technology announced the eHighway project, at the Electric Vehicle Symposium
in Los Angeles earlier this month. The company has been testing the
cable-truck concept in Germany for some time, but the Los Angeles pilot
project would be the first test of the trucks in a real city.
Siemens expects that the cable trucks could begin running within the year.
It's a great city to start in: according to the Los Angeles Times,
40 per cent of the cargo freight that enters the US comes through ports
in Long Beach and Los Angeles before being shipped down the highway.
Cargo trucks in the US consume nearly 2.5 million gallons of oil per year and improvements to their efficiency lag far behind those to cars.
the lines are in place, all eHighway would need is a fleet of hybrid
diesel-electric trucks that could switch back to diesel power as soon as
they go off the overhead lines. Siemens says that system is nearly
seamless: in the test project in Germany, the trucks could switch
between diesel and electric power at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.
downside, however, is that although electric lines are easy to install
on highways and technologically simple, they are very expensive. They
may cost as much as five to seven million dollars per mile.
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But, ... where's the power going to come from?
Brilliant! BUT, ... the Greenies will insist that the electricity to drive the thing come from either solar panels or wind mills! That means it wont work at night or when there are clouds in the sky, or when there's not enough wind, unless they put the windmills in Holywood, of course.
AGW, driving the West into bankrupt barbarism.
Posted By : Michael Aldred
Posted On : 5/28/2012 12:32:47 PM
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