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Federal government shows interest in E-Highways

This Saturday, the environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga is a guest in the animal Park Goldau in the Canton of Schwyz. The Association Alpine-Initiative welcomes you to the anniversary celebration. In her speech, the SP-Magistratin will emphasize well-not least the commitment of the Alpine pads: 30 years of struggle for the protection of the Alps, for the shift of heavy goods transport from road to Rail.

The balance sheet, however, is attracted by: the number of truck journeys through the Swiss Alps since 2010, from 1.2 million to 941'000 in the last year decreased. However, the statutory shift aim of 650'000 trips by 2018 has missed the Switzerland. Just now there are Attempts to make the transportation on the road more attractive – Trying to find Sommarugas road experts appeal.

What is it? In the Federal state of Hesse, new overhead lines are along the highway between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, on the right lane, each five miles long. Since last week, Hybrid trucks, i.e. vehicles with a combustion engine and an electric motor, with a pantograph at the upper line of docking and at full speed the battery charge – which saves time. The pilot plant will be entirely powered by renewable energy. The battery is empty, the hybrid engine with Diesel propulsion.

Video: how the E works-Highway the batteries of The Hybrid trucks will be charged in full travel. Video: Siemens

Astra sees benefits for the climate

What to know Sweden of 2016, is a rst in Germany and soon also in Switzerland? A pilot project is not available, but the Federal roads office (Astra) in Sommarugas Department of signals of interest. "The concern we would certainly examine sympathetically," says a spokesman. According to the assessment of the Astra is a top management system for the road freight transport could have benefits: "A hybrid load the car to have no heavy batteries on Board, which limit the payload." Open to the Innovation, the Astra is also because you could help to increase the energy efficiency of road transport and to reduce CO2.

Similar it sounds to the Swiss commercial vehicle Association (Astag): "We welcome all the innovations that make the road transport more efficient, in particular if at the same time, the environmental balance is even better," says Deputy Director André Kirchhofer. Make among the nearly 62'000 trucks and semi-trailers in Switzerland, the electric and hybrid models only circa 60 vehicles. Experts anticipate that, but – as in the case of the passenger car that will accelerate in the coming years, the growth of alternative drives in the truck.

competition for the Neat?

Far more critical of the Alps pads to assess the idea of E-Highways. They fear that the Track could lose to the road to attractiveness. "The recipe for a climate-neutral freight transport, the shift to the 100 per cent electric-powered Rail is," said Jon Pult, President of the Alpine Initiative Switzerland has politicians a powerful rail network, on which more transports can and should be, the Grisons SP.

Even the promoters of the E-mobility Express a negative response: "We have invested with the Neat many billion in the Transit-rail freight transport, the capacity is not yet exploited by far," said GLP chief Jürg Grossen, who chairs the electric mobility, the Swiss Association of E-Mobility. The railway is and will remain routes the most efficient as well as environmentally - and climate-friendly long-form of transport for goods. Great locates in addition, a problem of space: "Who has, as in Germany, four highway lanes, may also allocate certainly one for trucks. But we want to and can't in Switzerland."

More Tests planned

The outlined controversy in Germany. The Federal Ministry for the environment in E-Highways no competition for the transport of goods by Rail, but a Supplement. It will always be a proportion of truck traffic argues the Federal authority. Further test runs are already, for example in Schleswig-Holstein or Baden-Württemberg: also Works for the connection to a port? The System is also suitable for cross-town links? For all the pilot routes of the environment is the Ministry for 50 million euros.

will be in Switzerland, a test run is currently open. The commercial vehicle Association Astag has not determined whether he should take on the idea. Currently, he is focusing "more on the topic of alternative drive systems", fuel cell-load vehicles with hydrogen from renewable sources

costs up to 1 billion euros

In Germany, which should be available by the end of 2022, all of the relevant data to the traffic-technical as well as ecological and economic consequences of the E-Highways. Should turn out to be the System as a suitable and politically acceptable to be, would not have to be all of the highways in Germany are electrified. For a functioning network, the experts expect a total of 1,000 kilometers of overhead lines and the cost of a Million euros per Kilometer – so that makes 1 billion Euro.

critics say the cost measured by the Use of too high – also in Switzerland. GLP-chief Jürg Grossen, would it make more sense to invest the money in rail freight or cargo sous Terrain. The visionary project, which is to receive no money, wants to relocate the freight traffic from the road in the underground: The goods would be transported via an underground tunnel system on the Rail. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 16.05.2019, 17:51 PM

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