In a world first, Electreon Wireless has been chosen by the Swedish Transport Administration to build a dynamic electric road that charges vehicles as they drive along it, in new and cutting edge technology.
Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the intended 1.6km of electric road will connect Visby Airport to the city centre. The public-private initiative built by Smart Road Gotland will be the first in the world to charge inductively both an electric truck and a bus while in full motion, according to website Global Construction Review.
With the Swedish government ambitious to create 2,000km of electric highways, this is its first step to create a cleaner environment.
The system will work with Israel-based Electreon putting its copper coil technology, which transfers electricity wirelessly, under the road’s surface. An electric shuttle bus and an electric lorry will test the road in different seasons to see if it can be implemented on Sweden’s highways.
Electreon is leading the global charge in dynamic wireless power transfer (DWPT technology), installing its unique copper coil technology underneath the surface of the road to aid a steady flow of electricity to vehicles as they drive. The cost of the project is estimated at $12.5 million, with $10 million of government funding.
“We, the Swedish Transport Administration, believe that electric roads are an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions from heavy transportation,” said Jan Pettersson, Swedish Transport Administration program manager, and reported by Global Construction Review.
“Demonstrating and evaluating new technical solutions for electric routes is one of our most important steps in our long-term plan for a potential roll-out of electrified routes on the heavy road network in Sweden.”