Are overhead motorway lines the answer for electric haulage?

Electric trucks require heavier batteries than e-cars and have a limited long distance range

The German Federation of Industries (BDI) recommended building overhead lines for up to 8,000km of the 13,000km autobahn network.

The German Federation of Industries (BDI) recommended building overhead lines for up to 8,000km of the 13,000km autobahn network.

James Joyce, in Ulysses, tracks the various wanderings of his characters, both major and minor, across Dublin’s electric tram network of the time. Father Conmee worries about the solemnity of the fellow occupants in his tram, Blazes Boylan seeks to deliver a gift via tram, and Bloom muses how property prices would rise if there were a tramline on the North Circular Road.

Horse-drawn trams had been introduced to Dublin in 1872. Overhead lines first appeared in 1896, when the Dublin Southern Districts Tramways ran their pioneer electric trams between Ballsbridge and Dalkey. By early 1901 most of the almost 100km of lines in and around Dublin had been electrified, and the last horse-drawn tram ran from the city to Sandymount.

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