|22 June 2016|

Sweden

Innovation is on the front line in the fight against climate change

A two kilometre stretch of road in the Gävleborg region of Sweden has been transformed into the world’s first electric road for heavy traffic.

The section between Kungsgården and Sandviken is equipped with overhead cables above the road, similar to those used to power electric trams. A pantograph above the roof of the trucks feeds electricity to the vehicle’s electric engine, and it can be connected or disconnected from the contact wire when the vehicle changes lanes or overtakes. The vehicle works as a perfectly normal truck.

The pantograph on the roof of the truck folds up to the poles that carry the electric wires, and the engine automatically switches to electric power. When the truck leaves the electrified section, it automatically switches back to the diesel engine, which runs on renewable fuel.

The goal of the E16 Electric Road is to develop knowledge, experience and the background needed for a decision to electrify larger heavy transport roads in Sweden.

“I am incredibly proud of our success with Project E16 Electric Road, and now we are really at the forefront of the work on climate and environment. The E16 Electric Road is a symbol of environmental care, quality of life, cooperation and innovation, says Eva Lindberg,” Chairperson for the regional authorities.

Magnus Ernström, who has has been in charge of Region Gävleborg’s investment in the E16 Electric Road, said: “Of course, the E16 Electric Road will be useful for both industry and companies seeking to maintain a climate friendly business fleet, independent of fossil fuel, he said.