Anyone who’s been to downtown Toronto is familiar with the city’s people-moving streetcars. In Europe, Siemens is now running electric freight trucks based on the same premise.

The vehicles are powered by overhead wires along an electrified route in Sweden known as the eHighway. Interestingly, Siemens founder Werner von Siemens pioneered the overhead wire system in 1879, according to this Fortune article.

I don’t think we’ll see overhead wires installed along the Trans-Canada Highway anytime soon, but it’s an interesting concept.

James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 18 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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