BEV Goes eHighway

Integration of Overhead Line Technology in Batteryelectric Series Trucks for Road-based Heavy-duty Traffic

In the project “BEE – BEV Goes eHighway”, concepts for the integration of battery-electric trucks with overhead line technology into heavy-duty road traffic are being developed and evaluated. Two battery-electric trucks from large-scale production will be equipped with a pantograph system, tested and measured within dedicated test fields and in real traffic, customer acceptance will be assessed by means of exemplary user studies and the essential vehicle interfaces for system integration will be addressed in a standard proposal.

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BEV Goes eHighway

Integration of Overhead Line Technology in Batteryelectric Series Trucks for Road-based Heavy-duty Traffic

In the project “BEE – BEV Goes eHighway”, concepts for the integration of battery-electric trucks with overhead line technology into heavy-duty road traffic are being developed and evaluated. Two battery-electric trucks from large-scale production will be equipped with a pantograph system, tested and measured within dedicated test fields and in real traffic, customer acceptance will be assessed by means of exemplary user studies and the essential vehicle interfaces for system integration will be addressed in a standard proposal.

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News

Our battery-electric trucks have been produced

Great news just before the end of the year: Our two battery-electric DAF XDs have been produced and were handed over to our colleagues Roland Uerlich and Gordon Witham at the new “Electric Truck Assembly” of DAF Trucks in Eindhoven. The vehicles will remain with the manufacturer for some subsequent modifications, who will prepare them […]

Mechanical mockup successfully assembled

This week, we reached an important milestone at the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika): We successfully manufactured and assembled the first prototype of the mechanical substructure of our pantograph system. In collaboration with the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM), we were able to test the prototype on an identical diesel truck from […]

The first vehicle has arrived

Our first vehicle, a DAF XD FAN, has been delivered. As this one is still conventionally diesel-powered, it will serve as a placeholder for the construction and mechanical integration of the pantograph system. We are expecting two battery-electric trucks later this year for the full integration. Afterwards, the diesel truck will be used as a reference vehicle […]

News

Our battery-electric trucks have been produced

Great news just before the end of the year: Our two battery-electric DAF XDs have been produced and were handed over to our colleagues Roland Uerlich and Gordon Witham at the new “Electric Truck Assembly” of DAF Trucks in Eindhoven. The vehicles will remain with the manufacturer for some subsequent modifications, who will prepare them […]

Mechanical mockup successfully assembled

This week, we reached an important milestone at the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika): We successfully manufactured and assembled the first prototype of the mechanical substructure of our pantograph system. In collaboration with the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM), we were able to test the prototype on an identical diesel truck from […]

The first vehicle has arrived

Our first vehicle, a DAF XD FAN, has been delivered. As this one is still conventionally diesel-powered, it will serve as a placeholder for the construction and mechanical integration of the pantograph system. We are expecting two battery-electric trucks later this year for the full integration. Afterwards, the diesel truck will be used as a reference vehicle […]

The Project

The aim of the project “BEE – BEV Goes eHighway” is the further development of overhead line technology for heavy goods road transport in order to establish fully electric drive alternatives in the long term. The focus is on the development of a catenary truck, testing within dedicated test fields as well as in real traffic, the preparation of user studies for customer acceptance and to determine potential user groups, technology and potential analyses and an analysis of the essential vehicle interfaces with the final development of a standard proposal. Within the project, the integration of overhead line technology on the basis of two battery-electric (BEV) series-production trucks is being investigated and evaluated. The focus is on the viewpoint of the vehicle manufacturer, for whom the duration of the conversion phase of the series vehicle is particularly relevant.

The vehicle manufacturer cannot currently use any set of standards as a guide to simplify the installation of the pantograph system. During the conversion phase, possible interfaces for a later standardisation of the system will be identified in cooperation with the developers of the pantograph system. This will simplify the conversion process in the future and thus create the basis for higher market penetration.

Within the project, the research vehicles enable a direct technology comparison of a pure BEV truck and a catenary BEV truck and thus offer the possibility to evaluate the CO₂ avoidance potential based on real driving data. The real driving data is determined through field tests. Another outstanding feature of this project, in addition to the direct comparison of vehicles with and without catenary system, is the performance of extensive test drives on the grounds of several test facilities in Germany. This will allow the technology to be evaluated on a route-specific basis, thus demonstrating its potential for application on public roads. The expected high volume of recorded data provides a meaningful basis for the technology assessment. On this basis, further studies will then be carried out on, among other things, the necessary battery capacity, vehicle range and payload.

 

Technology Assessment in Real Operation

In the project “BEE – BEV Goes eHighway”, concepts for the integration of battery-electric trucks with overhead line technology into heavy-duty road traffic are being developed and evaluated. Two battery-electric trucks from large-scale production will be equipped with a pantograph system, tested and measured within dedicated test fields and in real traffic, customer acceptance will be assessed by means of exemplary user studies and the essential vehicle interfaces
for system integration will be addressed in a standard proposal.

Goals of the BEE Project

Interface Development

Interface Development

Together with vehicle and component manufacturers, a neutral system interface for the standardised integration of overhead contact line
technology is being designed.

Real Traffic Testing

Real Traffic Testing

Test drives in public road traffic with vehicles of different drive systems enable a practical technology evaluation.

User Acceptance

User Acceptance

Within user studies, drivers from the logistics industry are involved in the practical evaluation.