Siemens to Bring eHighway Demonstration to California

  Siemens to Bring eHighway Demonstration to California

  *Contract signed with South Coast Air Quality Management District in
    California to install and demonstrate Siemens eHighway system near Ports
    of Los Angeles and Long Beach
  *Electrified catenary system offers economically attractive and
    environmentally friendly solution to transport goods on highly frequented
    routes near the two largest Ports in the U.S.

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- August 6, 2014

Siemens has been selected by the South Coast Air Quality Management District
(SCAQMD) to install an eHighway system in the proximity of the Ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest ports in the U.S. Siemens eHighway is
the electrification of select highway lanes via a catenary system which
supplies trucks with electric power, similar to how modern day trolleys or
streetcars are powered on many city streets, while still offering the same
flexibility as diesel trucks. A two-way, one-mile mile catenary system will be
installed by Siemens and the system will be demonstrated with different
battery-electric and hybrid trucks. The expected result is lower fossil fuel
consumption, substantially reduced smog-forming, toxic and CO2 emissions, and
lower operating costs. Siemens and the Volvo Group, via its subsidiary Mack
Trucks brand, are developing a demonstration vehicle for the project. Siemens
also is supplying current collectors, the technology that allows trucks to
connect and disconnect from the catenary system at any speed, to local
California truck integrators whose vehicles will also be part of the

“As the first and second busiest container ports in the U.S., Long Beach and
Los Angeles can benefit tremendously from the eHighway system, significantly
reducing emissions from commercial trucks that normally contribute to much of
the air pollution in this region,” said Matthias Schlelein, president of
Siemens Mobility and Logistics division in the U.S. “These intricate
logistical hubs need to meet increasing local and global demand for goods, and
by improving the transportation systems in and around the Port, we hope to
help them meet this demand through the use of sophisticated and innovative
electrification technology while at the same time improving the local
environmental conditions like air quality.” Schlelein adds, “the economic
logic of the eHighway system is very compelling for cities like LA, where many
trucks travel a concentrated and relatively short distance. Highly traveled
corridors such as this are where we will initially see eHighway being

“I’m happy to see the Los Angeles region leading the way in bringing cutting
edge technology to an increasingly important economic center,” said Los
Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino. “The eHighway project is a great example of
how electricity can help power the next generation of transportation systems
while also providing cleaner air for our citizens in the process.”

The catenary infrastructure will be installed on the North and South-bound
sections of Alameda Street where it intersects with Sepulveda Boulevard in
Carson, California. Up to four trucks will be running in the demonstration,
making multiple drives per day. Thanks to an innovative current collector the
trucks can connect and disconnect from the catenary system at any speed for
dynamic power supply directly to the electric engine and for on-board storage.
To further ensure the same flexibility as conventional trucks, the eHighway
vehicles use an electric drive system, which can be powered either by diesel,
compressed natural gas (CNG), battery or other on-board energy source, when
driving outside of the catenary lines.

”This project will help us evaluate the feasibility of a zero-emission cargo
movement system using overhead catenaries,” said Barry Wallerstein, SCAQMD’s
executive officer. “Southern California’s air pollution is so severe that it
needs, among other strategies, zero- and near-zero emission goods movement
technologies to achieve clean air standards.”

SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major
portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the most
polluted region in the nation. For more than 25 years, its Technology
Advancement Office has fostered advanced low- to zero-emission technologies
for a wide range of mobile sources, from passenger vehicles to ocean-going

SCAQMD commissioned a report by independent consultancy Gladstein, Neandross &
Associates (GNA), which investigated how air quality can be improved, despite
increases in drayage traffic between the ports and inland logistic hubs. GNA
concluded that catenary hybrid vehicles “can simultaneously address emissions
and fuel economy issues while providing operational flexibility at a similar
or lower cost of ownership as other zero-emission technologies”. The
demonstration project serves the purpose of evaluating the technology,
together with the truck manufacturing industry. It is the intention of this
demonstration to generate a knowledge base for a potential future extension of
the system to commercial applications locally and regionally.

The project installation will begin immediately with infrastructure
commissioned and first truck integrated in order to start the one year demo in
July 2015.

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