FV News: The first electrified road for charging vehicles

April 11, 2018 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden

The first road to allow both commercial and passenger vehicles to be recharged while driving has been inaugurated near Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The project, called "eRoadArlanda", is both sustainable and cost-effective. It will allow existing public roads to be electrified and help to create a future of fossil-free road transport. The goal of the project is to generate knowledge, experience and decision data that is conducive to the creation of a platform for the electrification of larger transport routes in Sweden. The investment in the eRoadArlanda project is in line with the Swedish government's target of creating a fossil-free transportation infrastructure by 2030 and will help to boost Sweden's competitiveness.

eRoadArlanda truck

Approximately two kilometers of electric rail have been installed along public road 893, between the Arlanda Cargo Terminal and the Rosersberg logistics area outside Stockholm, but the government's roads agency has already drafted a national map for future expansion. The electrified road works by transferring energy to the vehicle from a rail in the road through a movable arm. The arm detects the location of the rail in the road and as long as the vehicle is above the rail, the contact will be in a lowered position. The electrified road will be used by electric trucks developed as part of the project. There is no electricity on the surface. There are two tracks, just like an outlet in the wall. Five or six centimetres down is where the electricity is. The electrified road is divided into 50m sections, with an individual section powered only when a vehicle is above it. When a vehicle stops, the current is disconnected. The system is able to calculate the vehicle's energy consumption, which enables electricity costs to be debited per vehicle and user.

eRoadArlanda works