Current technical findings on the eHighway system from field tests and accompanying research in Germany
24 October 2022
The special focus of the evaluation is on analyses of the fuel and electricity consumption of OH trucks, the verification of the functionality and reliability of the vehicle and infrastructure systems in real operation, the ability of the vehicles to be integrated into existing logistics processes, and the assessment of the economic efficiency of OH trucks for transport companies. [...] The analysis of the transport journeys of the OH trucks in the field test shows that due to the current location and length of the test routes, the use in regional shuttle transports is the first choice. [...] In addition to the analysis of the structure of the transport chain, the perception on the part of the transport companies plays a decisive role in the integration of OH trucks into logistic pro- cesses. [...] The evaluation of the driving speeds of the OH trucks over the monthly periods has shown that the OH trucks pass the overhead contact line for the most part at the maximum permissible driving speed (80 km/h). [...] Overall, on the basis of the evaluations carried out so far and especially against the background of the current phase of technology testing, the statement can be made that the overhead contact 5 The category malfunction OCS includes all events that are directly attributable to a failure in the functionality of the OCS itself.