First electric highway
The first electric highway of the world is developed in Sweden.
It’s a two-kilometer stretch of freeway in central Sweden with power lines stretched over the righthand lane.
Tap into the power
Hybrid trucks specially fitted with a device called a ‘pantograph power collector’ can drive underneath the lines and tap into the power. When connected to the lines, they run completely on electricity.
When they drive out of the right lane, the onboard engine kicks on, as it reverts back to hybrid mode.All the Scania trucks on the road are hybrid and Euro 6-certified, running on biofuel.
When the truck goes outside the electrically-powered lane, the pantograph is disconnected and the truck is then powered by the combustion engine or the Li-Ion 5 kWh battery-operated electric motor. The same principle applies when the driver wants to overtake another vehicle while on the electrified strip of the road.
Electric highway copie of Trolly system
The system is not new. The Dutch city Arnhem has been running electric ‘Trolleybuses’ since 1949. The system thereby resembles the trolleybus method.
Fossil free mobility
Sweden’s electric road — if given wide implementation — could help the country meet its goal of being fossil-fuel-vehicle free by 2030.
According to Scania, the project in Sweden “an important milestone” in the development of a transport sector that is independent of fossil fuels. Siemens and Scania have been working for two years to the Swedish project. Research is still whether the system can be rolled out across the country.
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