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Siemens tests "eHighway of the Future"  

The Siemens eHighway concept announced at the 26th Annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles recently is a two part system. The first involves the rollout of a two pole catenary system along one or more lanes on freight transport routes that caters for two-way electricity transmission and ensures a reliable power supply by feeding the overhead wire via container substations. The substations used in the current test project feature a medium-voltage DC switching system, a power transformer, a rectifier 12-diode array and a controlled inverter (for the feedback of the electric energy generated by regenerative braking).

Heavy goods vehicles have been fitted with a brand new pantograph - the second part of the concept - with an intelligent control system that can either automatically connect to an overhead wire upon detection by a built-in scanner or be manually controlled by the driver. Installed above the driver's cabin, the system is said to be capable of detecting the relative position of the overhead contact wire to the pantograph and counterbalances any lateral movements of the truck via active horizontal adjustment.

The test vehicles have also been retro-fitted with diesel-electric power trains, where they are always powered by an efficient electric motor but when in diesel mode, the vehicle's engine powers a generator, which in turn drives a downstream motor and turns the cardan shaft. When traveling under eHighway electric power, the vehicle is driven by the electric motor only. Siemens says that the driver is not aware of the transitions between different drive modes.

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Added: May-24-2012 Occurred On: May-24-2012
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  • Highway of the future??? Cable Cars have been around since 1868.

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    • @01viper4me. Exactly. Except these aren't cable cars. You are thinking of the electric trolleys and trains. But same concept here.

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    • @01viper4me psssst dont say this the Germans means ervy Time the make the Future.....

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    • @01viper4me Oil won't stay with us forever and it won't be as cheap as it is today. Even within 5-20 years it could be much more expensive and the world needs to adapt to that. We are living in special times right now because our temporary supply of cheap oil.

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    • @ingeborgsjon We have been told since the 70's that we will run out of gas in 20 years... well we didn't run out in the 90's and we haven't run out yet. The oil fields and refinery's are working at their highest levels in history; yet the gas keeps flowing. Research "Abiotic oil" and you may find the reason why

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    • @01viper4me I'm a former oil investor and I also hold lectures and write articles about oil. What they said in the 70's or 90's doesn't matter. Even the optimists at the International Energy Agency admitted in 2008 that we have reached peak crude oil in 2006, the US energy administration claims 2005. And the oil export market has been shrinking since 2005.
      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_-CXk2-VWGgQ/TGoeLXNTSmI/AAAAAAAADe8/MPK-OlJrFpI/s1600/oil_exports_1980-2009.png

      While the oil production is very More..

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  • Things that will never happen:
    1. Peace anywhere near or in the middle east.
    2. Cubs winning the pennant.
    3. That truck/transmission line system.
    4. Me getting to 20.1 points so I can vote up or down a comment.

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  • this will never happen

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  • Please, advances like this can't come fast enough. Bravo Germany!

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  • right, because the only thing we need are miles and miles of BARE electrical wire going everywhere over our heads...

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  • Laff, ya I can see it now, more power lines. They've been burying power lines for a decade now, why would they create more?

    This is horrible.

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  • Overhead power cables!? What a novel and new idea!!

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  • Nah. Everybody knows that in the future we'll be getting power wirelessly from the pavement.

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  • i already think power lines are trashy. Now their adding more?

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    • @Pig Benis The next step of the evolution will be inductive rails in the roads but that is several decades away. We might not have that time because we need to get away from the oil addiction before it crushes the world economy.

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  • wath i mw ask from were we get all the electronic power when we have no nuclear power station?

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    • @Freak_as_Out

      das wird noch richtig lustig in deutschland, der atomausstieg war ein riesen fehler, wer soll die scheisse bezahlen? schlussendlich werden wir noch strom aus frankreich nutzen...

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  • the future is wired? seems like a step back

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    • @Rated_R Inductive magnetic rails in the road might be the next step but that could be 20 years away.

      Also we need to realize that we are living in a very special period right now when energy is very abundant and cheap - this will most likely change and people need to realize that some things might lead to a step or two backwards in time.

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  • This looks like old tech to me.

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    • @evilgrin You are only blinded by the temporary supply of cheap oil. Remove oil and this will look high tech.

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    • @ingeborgsjon What does my comment have to do with oil? These kind of vehicles already exist, that is why this is old tech.

      And....oil hasn't been cheap for a while now.

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    • @evilgrin The problem with oil is that without it these kind of vehicles could be the most high-tech we have. Also combustion engine vehicles has been out there for over 100 years. Much of the technology used here is brand new.

      Oil is still cheap, a barrel of oil contains as much energy as a worker will use during 5.3 years of hard manual labour, and the price of this is only about $100 today. 5.3 years of work for $100? That's very cheap, it could cost $100,000 per barrel and still be worth b More..

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    • @ingeborgsjon How is that the problem with oil? It sounds like it is an advantage to having oil. 'Cheap' is determined by supply and demand and the market, not by potential energy output or saved work. If that were the case EVERYTHING would be considered cheap.

      How long is something considered brand new to you? So if I have a 100 year old car, then buy a 50 year old car, that would be brand new? No, it would just be less old or more new.

      Electric street cars have been around since the late More..

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    • @evilgrin Heard of Peak oil? It's certainly an advantage to have oil since it is the most important energy resource for the economy. The short term supply and demand model is not what determines the long term value of a resource. To determine the long term price of oil one have to look at the energy properties. Everything is very cheap today because of the current supply of cheap energy. When energy gets more expensive the price of everything else will also get higher. Energy is the master resou More..

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  • I didnt realize consuming more energy was going green. Morons

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  • Future electrocution liveleak material in the making.

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  • Well gee fuckin whiz, I wonder who would build the infrastructure for it?

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  • Really is a bit dumb as batteries would be cheaper and easier. The required infrastructure to build those lines is a Siemens wet dream (no pun intended) but it is never going to happen.

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    • @trashie
      wait for the oil price going through the roof.. and batteries wont do it with trucks... if you know the german autobahn. Its truck on truck on all transit routes, most of the time... so just wait for it...

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    • @trashie Wet dreams, lol. Dude, same shit was said when we drove the first train.
      Oh, and by the way : we kick you out of the tournament :-)

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    • @trashie No, batteries wouldn't be cheaper and easier. There are no batteries that can power trucks over long distances. I've followed both the battery industry and the electric drive industry for a while now and everyone thinks that batteries won't be a solution for several decades - this is also the reason the are trying to power trucks like in this video.

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    • @graaff Don't kick me out of shit I am Scottish not English. They only have a UK flag here not a Scots one. Don't call me English that is very offensive to a Scots person! ;)

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    • @DrGangBang Well that will work only in Germany then. You could never run this gear in other nations they are not straight roads and half of the roads are in bad repair. A German only solution that will work until they cross borders - clever one. Since you guys are obsessed with making stuff and selling it to everyone who will take it how can you transport it using this scheme? You assume other nations are as good as your nation when they are not. Very few nations are as developed as Germany.

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  • That's not the highway of the future. Where's the bumper to bumper traffic, and the electronic distractions?

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  • i hope the person who came up with this idea didn,t get paid.
    The internal combustion engine will be around for decades more despite what the ecomentalists tell you. Ethanol can be made from anything that grows and in its purest form is more combustable than petrol. Its also a lot cheaper to produce than petrol.Its the oil companies who are stopping ethanol being produced on an industrial scale. This hybrid stuff is for mugs

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    • @seanofthedead No not really. Ethanol isn't cheap to produce on large scales for most geographies. Plus ethanol is not suitable for large commercial compression ignition engines and has crap for energy density.

      Bio diesel from algae probably fits your suppression from big oil scenario better. There is zero reason that couldn't be ramped up to large scale production.

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    • @seanofthedead Sorry but you are wrong, ethanol is more expensive also the world doesn't have enough land to produce enough ethanol to fuel the transports.

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  • well we got to start somewere

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  • That is some seriously Rube Goldbergian solution searching for a problem engineering.

    This is not going to happen for about a 100 obvious reasons.

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  • This seems inefficient and impractical

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    • @BIG3tech50 Why? The electric engine is more efficient than the combustion engine. We also have problems with the use of fossile fuels (peak oil, climate changes, local air pollution, etc), this solves those problems.

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    • @poolman80 How should we fuel our transports when oil gets too expensive? The reason that this didn't break thru earlier is because we found oil that we sold at extremely low price - too low. But this also means that the oil supply has dwindled fast and this will most likely cause very high prices in the future - and then we will need solutions like this one.

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  • Thats the most ridiculous shit I have seen. Its 2012 ...HELLO!

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  • Ich bin ein Stromer!

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  • ya, this is total bullshit

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