Roads of the future – electrified roads

Vehicles are recharged while driven

About the project

eRoadArlanda is one of several projects in the Swedish Transport Administration’s pre-commercial procurement of innovation for the development of electrified roads. The techniques that have been developed in recent years are based on conductive technology that use an electric rail installed in roads to power and recharge vehicles during their journey.

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.

Our assignment is to implement a demonstration – construct a test track, develop and evaluate the technology, and create foundational knowledge for the “implementation of electrified roads in the Swedish road-transport system.”

The test track is located on a ten-kilometer section of Road 893 between Arlanda Cargo Terminal and the Rosersberg logistics area, of which two kilometers will be electrified for the demonstration project. The vehicle that are primarily planned to use the electrified road is an 18-ton truck that will be carrying goods for PostNord.

Procurement of the electrified road

Procurement of the electrified road commenced in June 2013. In involves a five-year project in collaboration with the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova and Swedish industry. It is aimed at determining factors such as the feasibility of power-transmission technologies in real traffic conditions, and whether they are safe and reliable or require improvement. Read more here >

Eco-smart logistics

PostNord’s Green Flight airplane lands at Arlanda, the freight is transported by electrified road to Rosersberg, processed in a Green Building terminal with one of Sweden’s largest solar parks and then loaded onto trains directly from the terminal. This is how we should envisage climate-smart logistics solutions of the future.

1881

The world’s the first electrical vehicle

Presented by Frenchman Gustave Trouvé at the International Exposition of Electricity in Paris.

1881

30 percent of the cars in the US are electric

There is an abundance of recharging stations in big cities.

1900

The first vehicle on the moon

An electric car and electric golf carts are also launched at this time.

1971

The world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle

The Toyota Prius, is launched. It has a petrol engine and two electric engines that double as generators.

1997

Gunnar Asplund establishes the company Elways

To develop systems for supplying vehicles with electricity while in motion.

2009

Cooperation between NCC and Elways

A joint venture is launched to make the technology available on a large scale on roadways.

2011

A total of 200 meters of electric rail is installed

Along Test Track 2 in DRIVELAB, near Arlanda.

2012

The development company RUAB is founded

The company becomes one of 11 companies to participate in the largest ongoing pre-commercial procurement in Europe.

2013

eRoadArlanda enters design phase

RUAB is one of four companies to proceed. The project is named eRoadArlanda.

2014

An additional 150 meters of electric rail is installed

A total of 350 meters of the road is electrified.

2014

Electrified Road project

eRoadArlanda becomes one of two projects to receive the continued support of the Swedish Transport Administration to develop and test electrified roads.

2015

Electric rail generation 4

An additional 50 meters of rail is installed on the test track. We now have totally 400 meters of electrified road.

APRIL
2017

Fully electric truck for eRoads

Swedens first fully electric truck is now registered and approved for driving on public roads. The unique truck will now be tested on the electric road testtrack.

MAY
2017

Electric road preparation starts

Starting up trench and cable work – preparing for the new electrified road to be built during early fall.

MAY/JUN
2017

The first fully electric powered truck in commercial traffic

The electric powered truck begins to transport goods between Arlanda and PostNord’s terminal in Rosersberg. Initially the truck is powered by conventional charging and a 600kg battery. When the new electric road is ready, the truck will also recharge while driving.

SEPT
2017

The first charging rail installed in public road

The work of placing 2 km of electric road starts. The installation work is estimated to last about a month.

OCT
2017

Project participants

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eRoadArlanda project participants

eRoadArlanda is managed by the RUAB consortium (Roserbergs Utvecklings AB), whose members are working together to make large-scale electrified roads a reality and create commercially viable solutions. All of the project’s participants are eager to contribute to the development of transport that is sustainable in the long term.

The consortium is jointly owned by NCC, Elways, ABT Bolagen and Kilenkrysset.