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WORLD EXLUSIVE: First ever section of eHighway set to form blueprint for larger Los Angeles network

As California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) begins construction of the first two-mile-long stretch of its eHighway system, the viability of expanding the network across the city is already being assessed. In an exclusive interview with Traffic Technology Today SCAQMD’s deputy executive officer for science and technology advancement, Dr Matt Miyasato (pictured), revealed that if the test is successful the system could be expanded, first to cover the four miles linking the ports with the rail yard. And then, potentially, to become a regional system along I-710 – an interstate used heavily by trucks traveling from the ports and carrying goods inland.

The system, which has been developed by Siemens, works by fitting out trucks with pantographs: retractable overhead rigs that connect the vehicle with overhead power lines (the catenary).

“The vehicles run off electric power while they are under the catenary,” says Miyasato. “On regular roads they can switch to a back-up engine, which could be diesel, natural gas or an on-board battery – we are currently assessing all the options.”

SCAQMD are helping to fund the system as it could help to deal with Los Angeles’s smog problem. “We are infamous for our issues with air quality,” says Miyasato, “and because this system could help to fix that, we are getting a lot of interest locally. Nationally there’s still a long way to go in getting people to realize the full benefits of this. But, because this goes beyond just smog to also reducing CO2 emissions, it could be useful across the nation – not necessarily on every road, but certainly wherever there is a high-volume of truck traffic, such as around ports, freight depots and rail yards.”

SCAQMD is already working with the Department of Energy (DOE) to assess the viability of the eHighway system, along with other zero-emission technologies, for potential application in other areas in the region.

Dr Miyasato also revealed that SCAQMD are working closely with the test's truck suppliers, Volvo, on intelligent transportation systems. One key aspect of this is to monitor truck flow, using on-board and off-board technology, in order to maximize usage. In tandem with this SCAQMD are working with electricity generating firms to assess exactly what the maximum capacity will be. “If we can expand this system to more high-truck-traffic areas, it should make a real difference to our air quality,” says Miyasato.

Construction is now underway of the first stretch – on the north and south-bound sections of a mile-long portion of Alameda Street. The first trucks are expected to run on the system by July 2015.

For a video explaining more about how the system works, click here

 

April 10, 2015

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