India may soon have its own electric trial stretch on the A 10-km pilot electric highway on the upcoming Delhi-Mumbai expressway has been proposed at the Lok Sabha, recently. The project is said to come to fruition in the next two-three years. The 10-km stretch would cost a total of Rs 200 crore, including support systems like the overhead cables and substations.
The whole idea is to have an overhead electric line 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 their range.
This is not a one-off project. Germany debuted its electric highway on May 7, 2019, stretching across a total distance of 10 km on a road just south of Frankfurt. The system is being used to power hybrid trucks in the region, as an effort to cut down on the emissions released by the diesel-powered delivery trucks.
The project in India will serve the same purpose but for that, there will be a need for supporting vehicles, which will be able to connect to the overhead lines on the run and induct charge to their batteries. Hence the collaboration with the OEMs will also be a crucial factor as and when the project is brought to a reality.