Stockholm, Sweden is home to the world's first electrified road that charges electric trucks as they go with the help of something called project eRoadArlanda.
An electric vehicle/conductive technology collaboration by Stockholm's Arlanda airport and eRoadArlanda, a consortium of automakers and suppliers, the project comprises of a 1.2-mile-long integrated electric rail that charges electric trucks equipped with a charging movable arm and magnetic sensor.
The electric road charges locations in Stockholm airport (particularly the PostNord terminal in Rosersberg) and a logistics site, with recharging occurring every 60 meters only in instances where a vehicle passes over it. Check out the purpose of the project (eroadarlanda.com) in the video below.
Charging Toward the Future
"The technology offers infinite range -- range anxiety disappears," said Elways CEO Gunnar Ashland, in a statement back in 2018 regarding eRoadArlanda. "Electrified roads will allow smaller batteries and can make electric cars even cheaper than fossil fuel ones."
Regarding the risk, the rail offers very little of it, with its electric current flowing six centimeters underneath the public road with no electrification on the surface to zap feet and equipment.
As for next steps, the Swedish government is looking to lengthen the highway for eRoadArlanda, seeking collaborations with private companies to expand the existing infrastructure and streamline the energy consumption process.
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