German states pave the way with new eHighways

27 September 2018

As transport accounts for approximately 25% of CO2 emissions in the European Union and heavy-duty vehicles contribute one-fifth of these, electrifying truck transport is a key step to decarbonizing the economy.

This case study covers how the German states of Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein have piloted the construction of eHighways to electrify truck transport. In Germany, 60% of the emissions from heavy duty vehicles occur on just 2% of the network, so even electrifying only the busiest roads would make a huge contribution to emissions reduction

Aside from the emissions reduction offered by electric trucks, they also significantly reduce noise, allowing more overnight transport assignments, thus reducing daytime traffic. There is also a drastic reduction of air pollution which is a huge benefit to public health. 

To find out more, read the full case study below. This case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Under2 Policy Action Map.

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