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Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to be an electric highway for trucks

In a major step towards fulfilling India’s electric mobility dreams, the government is now exploring setting up a pilot project of electric highway. The project could be launched in the next two-three years, if everything goes to plan.

Addressing the Lok Sabha, the minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari said that the ministry in association with heavy industries department will run a pilot for the electric highway. This would be set up on a 10-Km stretch of the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway.

The idea is to have overhead electric supplies running through a stretch on the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway. These lines would then be used to power electric vehicles on the road below, such as trucks and buses, thus powering them while on the go.

Using electricity for transportation does not only come in the form of electric vehicles. Several regions across the world employ an overhead electric line to power vehicles, using electricity indirectly in the process. India is soon to have one such project too, through a a 10-km pilot electric highway on the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway.

The confirmation for the project came directly from the Highways minister – Nitin Gadkari in Lok Sabha this Tuesday. As per the minister, the project will come to fruition in the next two-three years and will power electric vehicles on the roads. But how will it work?

The idea is to have overhead electric supplies running through a stretch on the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway. These lines would then be used to power electric vehicles on the road below, such as trucks and buses, thus powering them while on the go.

The method would increase range and reduce range-anxiety on such vehicles. Instead of having to stop to charge such vehicles as and when the battery runs out, the vehicles will be powered on the go and have their batteries being re-fed on the move, thus adding to the range.

The trucks will run on electricity for 20 Km and the battery will get charged to run on stretches where there is no overhead wire.

“Again, after some kilometres, these can tap the overhead wire and simultaneously get charged again while running,” Gadkari said. He also said that logistics cost will also reduce substantially.

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