In November 2019, started building in Sweden the first highway capable of charging electric vehicles through induction. In 2020 the first tests were carried out and now the company Smartroad Gotland has presented the first bus capable of circulating and charging using this infrastructure.
The project has been funded by the Swedish Highway Administration, is developed by the Swedish company Electreon AB, a subsidiary of the Israeli company Electreon Wireless, and joins other similar ones that we have also seen born in the Scandinavian country.
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The successful launch of the first fully operational bus using the company’s wireless charging infrastructure in the town of Visby in Gotland, Sweden.
The first stretch of the wireless infrastructure was installed in November 2019 and the original rollout of this project was completed in fall 2020.
Since then, a fully electric 40 ton truck and trailer have successfully conducted tests on 1.6 km by road between the airport and Visby town center.
It reached a speed of up to 80 km/h, and as a result, he received an average power of 70 kW of the electrified road. To carry it out, it was necessary to install five receivers on the trailer of the electric truck.
The road is based on a complete system formed by the management unit, coils and receivers which has been put to the test before operations begin on Gotland’s public roads.
That is, it has a series of copper coils installed under the surface, placed in small trenches 10 centimeters deep, which once installed is paved over with asphalt, thus remaining hidden under the road surface.
The Smartroad Gotland project trade show, will end in spring 2022 and they are already working to commercialize large-scale electric highway systems across the country.
It is not the first electric highway to be found in the Scandinavian country. In 2016 began to build the eHighway, born from the collaboration of Siemens and Scania, which in their case made use of overhead catenaries and which was installed in 2016 on a section of the E16 road, north of Stockholm.
Sweden aims to install up to 2,000 km of electric roads by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2045.