…Transport: The Missing Link in Decarbonization…
The use of fossil fuels in transportation has not been addressed realistically, even in Germany.
Germany has reduced CO2 emissions in its transport sector by only 0.6% since 1990, which is virtually nothing.
There is great media coverage and publicity over battery powered vehicles (BEVs), but BEVs are not a significant factor in Germany, or virtually anywhere else in the world. Sales of BEVs have been around 1% of total light vehicle sales everywhere BEVs are available, except in China where sales have been somewhat higher, i.e., 4.2% in 2018.
When driving in Germany, one sees a constant procession of trucks on the roads everywhere. One gets the impression that trucks are far more prevalent on german highways than here in the states.
Germany has targeted a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions in the transport sector by 2030, i.e., 11 years from now, which will entail a complete shift to battery powered trucks by then.
Germany has now installed a test area 6 miles long on one section of the autobahn near Frankfurt where a catenary has been installed for recharging batteries while trucks are moving under the catenary and connected to it.
Siemens reports that trucks can drive under the catenary at speeds of up to 55 mph to recharge their batteries. They claim a 40 ton truck can save around 35 cents per mile on the cost of fuel.
Aside from the higher cost of trucks using batteries, the cost of building the catenary system will be very large. In fact the Siemens website says, “Considering the high investment costs, it is unlikely that the concept of the eHighway will be implemented nationwide any time soon.”
The introduction of the 6 mile catenary near Frankfurt received a lot of media coverage, but the fact is, it’s merely good propaganda, a concept that won’t be built except possibly in special situations, such as feeder roads to port areas.
Since it won’t be built, the question remains: How will Germany cut its CO2 emissions from the transport sector 40% by 2030?
And, for that matter, how will other countries cut their CO2 emissions in their transportation sectors.
Trying to cut CO2 emissions at great cost to an economy is foolish, especially since increases in atmospheric CO2 levels have only a small effect on temperatures when compared with natural causes. See, False Claims of Impending Disaster
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