As part of a public-private consortial project in Sweden, a test track for the inductive charging of electric vehicles while driving is to be built which is compatible with trucks, buses and cars. The Swedish transport authority Trafikverke has now awarded the contract for a 1.6 km test stretch.
The technology for the inductively charging road comes from the Israeli company Electreon Wireless. Specifically, the consortium is to implement a 1.6 km test section between the airport and the centre of the city of Visby on the west coast of the Swedish Baltic Sea island of Gotland.
The biggest innovation of the road technology, which has seen applications in a variety of projects and materials, including a major stretch planned in China for 2022, or specially enhanced concrete, is that on this road, both electric buses as well as trucks in full motion. The Smart Road Gotland is also being used as a pilot project, and data will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the technology in Swedish transport.
“Electric roads are an important contribution to reducing CO2-emissions from heavy transportation. 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,” says Jan Pettersson, program manager at Trafikverke.
Update 18 November 2019: Work has begun to install the first test track on the Smartroad Gotland. The project is scheduled to start in early 2020 with an electric truck.
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