Sweden is constructing the first permanent electric road in the world, which will allow EVs to be charged while they are moving.
Four temporary electrified highways have already been tested in the nation, including one in the southern Swedish city of Lund. However, this 21 km (13 miles) of road will remain in place.
Construction of Electric Road
The Swedish government’s transport agency, Trafikverket, is constructing the electrified road and is in the process of hiring a contractor.
Although design and construction are anticipated to be finished in 2025, Trafikverket has not yet decided on its charging system for the ground-breaking project. Overhead power lines (similar to how trams work) are an option that Trafikverket is considering.
- Sweden is constructing the first permanent electric road in the world.
- It will allow EVs to be charged while they are moving.
- The E20 highway will have an electric section between Hallsberg and Rebro.
Other options include ground-level electric rails in the road that transmit energy to the EV through a conductive pickup underneath the vehicle or road-embedded inductive coils that transfer power to the vehicles.
The E20 highway will have an electric section between Hallsberg and Rebro. The motorway was specifically chosen because it is an important traffic corridor for the commercial transit of commodities.
It extends from Stockholm in the north through Gothenburg to Malmö in the south. It also has the necessary power supply.
In research published in March, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden concluded that the best way to transition to EVs would be to install electric roadways on 25% of the busiest national and European roads and provide home charging for EVs.
And according to the experts, if that were to occur, EV batteries might be made “significantly smaller, at best only one-third of the current size.”