Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed on a closer partnership to develop and build electrified roads – where vehicles are supplied with electricity while on the move. This year eRoadArlanda has plans to construct an electrified road on a public highway for testing with real trucks.
“eRoadArlanda’s project team and I presented the most cost-effective electrified road solution to the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin. So it is good news that Germany, with its large motorways, is entering into a partnership to make electrified roads and more ecofriendly road transport a reality,” says Hans Säll, Business Development Manager at NCC and CEO of eRoadArlanda.
When Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Stockholm on Tuesday 31 January, they agreed on a new partnership between Germany and Sweden aimed at promoting innovation and competitiveness. One of the goals is to develop and find the funding to build electrified roads. Sweden has many years of development work already under its belt.
Two unique electrified road projects are now supported by the Swedish Transport Administration through its innovation procurement, with a focus on developing and testing various different solutions. Last year, a 2 km stretch of the E16 motorway between Sandviken and Gävle was opened. The solution in this case is a type of power cable above the road with a pick-up arm on the truck – similar to the system long used for trains and trams. In Germany, two 12 km test lanes will be installed on existing motorways using the same technique, with a planned completion date of 2018.
The second project, eRoadArlanda, involves a newly developed Swedish technology that was first installed on a private test track in 2009. In autumn 2017 testing will begin on a public road north of Stockholm, near Arlanda Airport.
“The unique point about our solution is that it works for all types of vehicle and is the most cost-effective to lay. It is also discreet, since the electrified rail is set into the road surface, and thus has no impact on the view or the landscape. Now we’re looking forward to vehicles with chargers testing the technology on 2 km of public road between Rosersberg and Arlanda,” says Hans Säll.