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Consortium launches eRoadArlanda project in Sweden; conductive recharging while driving

The eRoadArlanda project, which is working to make electrified roads of the future a reality and is part of the Swedish Transport Administration’s pre-commercial procurement of innovation, launched in Sweden. The eRoadArlanda solution is based on conductive technology that uses an electric rail installed in roads to power and recharge vehicles during their journey—a technology developed by Elways.

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The project is being managed by a consortium comprising Elways, NCC, PostNord, ABT-bolagen, Vattenfall, DAF, KTH, Kilenkrysset, VTI, E-traction, GCT, KTH, Bilprovningen, Airport City Stockholm, Sigtuna Municipality, Swedavia, Arlanda Stad Holding, TraningPartner, FirstHotel, Frost Produktion, SMM Dulevo and Sandströms Elfirma.

Approximately two kilometers of electric rail have been installed along public road 893 between the Arlanda Cargo Terminal and the Rosersberg logistics area outside Stockholm. The electrified road works by transferring energy to the vehicle from a rail in the road through a movable arm. The arm detects the location of the rail in the road and as long as the vehicle is above the rail, the contact will be in a lowered position. The electrified road will be used by electric trucks developed as part of the project.

Comments

HarveyD

Not very practical in areas with months of snow and ice.

Much more advanced 5X and/or 5X (+) batteries or smaller batteries/super caps with appropriate FC range extenders would work better during snow falls and icing rain conditions.

Alternatively, a contactless system to transfer enough energy to the vehicles may be more resistant to harsh weather conditions, but could be very costly?

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