The “slow lane” on motorways could be converted so that lorries can switch from diesel to electricity using overhead power lines, according to a proposal being considered to speed up the decarbonisation of transport. HGVs would operate like a tram or trolley bus, but would instantly switch to battery power, diesel or other fuels when overtaking or on roads without overhead lines. The power lines are similar to those used by trams on Manchester’s Metrolink, rather than the high-voltage system used on mainline railways. Cars and other vehicles could continue using the lanes.
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