Swedish to build electric road system using Electreon’s technology

WCN Editorial Team 15 Apr 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Swedish Transport Administration has chosen Israel-based Electreon Wireless’ wireless vehicle charging technology to build electric road system.

The scope of the project will involve the construction of 1.6km electric road, which forms part of a 4.1km stretch that connects Visby Airport to the city center, located on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

The project will be led by Electreon, a wholly-owned Swedish subsidiary of Electreon Wireless.

Based in Beit Yanai, Electreon is engaged in developing dynamic wireless power transfer (DWPT) technology. The firm installs its copper coil technology underneath the road surface, making it invisible to road users and enabling a steady electricity flow by supplying power as vehicles drive. Electreon's technology is built by Smart Road Gotland.

Touted to be the world's first dynamic electric road system, the public-private project is set to charge inductively both an electric truck and a bus while in full motion.

Estimated to cost approximately $12.5m, the project is set to benefit from about $10m funding from the government.

The public-private initiative based on Electreon's technology, 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.

“The electric bus will be used as a fully-functional public shuttle and the electric truck will be evaluated by a professional driver in varied seasonal conditions to ensure that the system is ready for large-scale implementation on the country's highways,” Electreon said in statement.

The project represents a key step in the Swedish government's plans worth $3bn to implement approximately 2,000km of electric highway in the country.

Electreon claims that its solution benefits long-haul, heavy trucks since no heavy and costly batteries, nor stops for charging, are required. The technology considerably reduces the need to charge vehicles' batteries during the day or overnight. 

Swedish Transport Administration program manager Jan Pettersson said: "We, the Swedish Transport Administration, believe that electric roads are an important contribution to reducing CO2 emissions from heavy transportation.

"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."

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Image: The project is set to charge inductively both an electric truck and a bus while in full motion. Photo: Courtesy of Gotland GPE Circuit/PRNewswire.

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