A new electric highway could change the face of roads in India

E-Highway is not your usual express highway. Here, the E stands for ‘Electric’. The Indian government is increasingly interested in this new type of mobility which can literally change the appearance of our highways. Earlier this week, India’s Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari mentioned that the government wants to build an e-highway from Delhi to Mumbai, on a 1,300 km route. Also Read – Tesla Rival Hyundai IONIQ 6 Electric Car Revealed: Check Range, Battery, Features and More

At a reception, Gadkari said, “Our plan is to build an electric highway from Delhi to Mumbai. Just like a trolleybus, you can also operate trolleybuses. Although this is not an official statement, we can assume that the government is serious about this project, as the idea was also mentioned earlier. Also Read – Hyundai Motor will build its first South Korean electric vehicle factory

What is an electronic highway?

There can be several versions of an e-Highway. However, a common thread will be electricity. Electric highways will be able to supply high voltage to vehicles as they travel. This will allow electric or hybrid vehicles to travel long distances without having to stop specifically to recharge. Also Read – Government panel to propose battery certification and quality control standards to tackle electric vehicle fires

Now coming to different versions and the possible version which can be introduced in India.

  1. This version of the e-Highway is already being tested in Germany. There will be a dedicated lane on the highway which will have high voltage electric cables running the length of the road. These cables will only cover one lane. Compatible buses and trucks will be able to connect to these electrical cables in order to draw energy from them. There will be no need for tracks, as we have seen in the case of the metro or trams.
  2. This is a version that is tested in the US market. In this version, there is no need for overhead cables. Instead, there will be charging coils under the specific e-highway lane that can charge the electric car, bus, or truck. This will enable a wider segment of vehicles to drive on e-highways and will also provide cable-free highways.

Both of these systems have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, they are still being tested in various parts of the world. In India, this idea is still in the ideation phase. However, with the development of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway in full swing, we can expect the government to approve or reject the e-highways proposal soon.

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