Quote: Stephen Goodlad @ 28th July 2021, 8:01 AM
I see, in line with zero carbon and no petrol or diesel cars or lorries, they are trialling overhead electric lines to power lorries on the motorway. They will be connected via a pantograph like trams once were.
We are going backwards. The connecting apparatus even has the word 'panto' in it.
I doubt that it will happen, it's a pie-in-the-sky idea, it will be simpler and less expensive to convert the lorries etc to run from hydrogen as fuel. Though the cheapest way of separating hydrogen at present is from fossil fuel, this will change as more 'natural' methods of generating electricity are brought on-line.
The infra structure for bottling hydrogen is easier to create than covering the motorways with an electricity supply and bottling hydrogen is a more convenient way of using the somewhat erratic nature of carbon-free wind-power and tidal power. The lorries would still need battery power in any case to deal with off-motorway travel.