As part of the Swedish-German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems (CollERS), a holistic analysis of freight transport on roads will proceed, further expanding the move away from diesel on the continent.
The consortium plans to analyse all aspects of powering freight transportation, which could possibly power a truck during the drive, including overhead cable hybrid trucks, power rails built into the street and inductive charging.
The possibility of a German-Swedish corridor for long distance electrical freight transport will be explored, as well as the feasibility of business models and a financing structure for cross-border infrastructure solutions. Recommendations for a legal framework, as well as technical standards are to be released by the research initiative.
The consortium will be funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the Swedish Transport Administration. A number of additional partner organizations will be taking part in the initiative, however, including the Fraunhofer Institute für Energiewirtschaft und Energiesystemtechnik IEE (energy industry and energy system technology), Intraplan Consult, Chalmers University of Technology, Königliche Technische Hochschule (KTH) and the Swedish Institute for Street and Traffic Research (VTI).
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