A new era for the trolley bus and truck could be around the corner.
Hofer powertrain, a development and technology partner of the global automotive industry, unveiled a new megawatt charging concept unlocking a whole new dimension of efficiency compared to the present megawatt charging infrastructure.
The approach makes e-trucks long-haul capable while ensuring 100 % fleet availability, takes the strain off the charging infrastructure, and cuts costs, benefiting all future developments in autonomous driving in particular.
The e-mobility age challenge is increasing charging capabilities for speedier, more efficient, and more convenient journeys. With this in mind, the company has developed this new megawatt charging concept. Applications to secure these patents have been filed.
With the new megawatt charging infrastructure, vehicles are flexibly recharged via the overhead catenary system on any highway.
Modern electric locomotives use the same charging system and Cardiff had trolley buses powered by overhead cables from 1942 to 1970.
A significant difference from conventional continuous overhead line concepts is that the new concept consists of short megawatt charging sections. Indeed, as the name implies, vehicles can operate on battery power independently of these sections at any time to give them maximum versatility but permitting recharging on other sections.