A new electric road in Sweden will allow electric trucks and buses to charge inductively while in full motion, without needing to stop.
The project, awarded by the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), aims to demonstrate the potential for dynamic wireless mobile power transfer to vehicles.
Thought to be a world first, the road will be built by Smart Road Gotland, a consortium of transport, infrastructure, technology, research and sustainability organisations.
The consortium will deploy a fully functional public shuttle service and test bed through a 1.6km long electric road as part of the total route of 4.1km between the airport and city centre of Visby on the island of Gotland.
The electric truck will be test-driven by a professional in varied seasonal conditions to ensure that the system is ready for large-scale projects on highways.
Based on the project findings, Trafikverket will consider the potential for larger scale electric road investments.
Alec Arho-Havrén, CEO/founder of Gotland GPe Circuit/GotlandRing and World Ecological Forum, said the project “is of utmost importance to significantly reduce CO2 emissions within the transport sector“.
He continued: “To commence with the heavier transports is logical since the biggest emission improvements can be gained where the usage and tonnage is the highest. The future positive impact could be global.”
Jan Pettersson, programme manager at Trafikverket, added: “Demonstrating and evaluating new technical solutions for electric routes is one of our most important steps in our long-term plan for a potential rollout of electrified routes on the heavy road network in Sweden.”