In Sweden, a consortium of nine organisations has launched a pilot project to test and gain more knowledge about electric roads.
The consortium, Evolution Road, is using funds secured from the Swedish Transportation Administration to conduct a pilot in the city of Lund in southern Sweden.
The Swedish Transport Administration has invested SEK 84 million ($9.1 million) in the Evolution Road project in Lund, Skåne, out of a total budget of SEK 96 million ($10.4 million), to gain important knowledge about the technology, operations, maintenance and environmental impact.
The pilot will be used to accelerate the deployment of the climate-smart technology that allows electric vehicles to be charged from the road while driving country-wide.
Elonroad AB in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University have developed the electric road that is being tested.
The Evolution Road project was initially started in 2019 and continues until 2022.
Solaris is providing an electric bus that will be used as the first vehicle for use under the pilot. The bus will run on the road one week per month.
Anders Ygeman, the Minister of Energy and Digital Development in Sweden, said: “In order to achieve the climate goals, electrification of transportation is essential. Electric Road Systems are an important part of the solution to reduce emissions, and the Evolution Road project will provide crucial knowledge for this important mission.”
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Jan Pettersson, programme manager for Electric Roads for the Swedish Transport Administration, said his department “congratulates Elonroad AB and Evolution Road for the excellent work that has been done to get this test facility in place and we are looking forward to take part in the test results and analysis of this exciting technology. This is an important step in the effort towards tomorrow’s fossil-free transportation system.”
Sweden has plans to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases from transportation by 70% by 2030. Without large scale conversion to electric vehicles, the goal is likely not to be met.
Members of the Evolution Road include Elonroad AB, Innovation Skåne AB, Kraftringen Energi AB, Lund Municipality, Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, Ramboll, Skånetrafiken, Solaris Sverige AB and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI.