Will the autobahn become an eHighway for electrically operated trucks?
But there are critics of the plans to electrify road freight transport: The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) holds the opinion that it would be too expensive and time-consuming to electrify the autobahn. They also claim that railroads already present an intelligent alternative to long-distance trucks. Considering the high investment costs, it is unlikely that the concept of the eHighway will be implemented nationwide any time soon. According to Stefan Dörfelt, Head of Product Management at online forwarding company Frachtraum, trucks supplied with electric power by overhead catenary systems could be useful on commute routes between harbors, factories or transfer points.
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