World’s First Permanent Electrified Road For EVs Will Be Soon Built In Sweden

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
World’s First Permanent Electrified Road For EVs Will Be Soon Built In Sweden

The European Union, last month, passed a law according to which, from 2035, all the new cars sold must have zero CO2 emissions. European countries began building infrastructure that requires fossil fuel-free mobility., after the announcement of this law. Sweden is on its way to converting a highway into the world’s first permanent electrified road for EVs. The world’s first e-motorway can pave the way for something more. 

Permanent Electrified Road For EVs In Sweden

Sweden will soon have a permanent electrified road for electric vehicles. The first of its kind in the world, this development will bring an additional 3,000 kilometres of electric roads to Sweden by 2035. 

Cars and trucks can charge while driving on this electric road. Dynamic charging, according to experts, allows them to travel longer distances with smaller batteries. This helps to avoid waiting at charging stations. Through several pilot projects, including the world’s first temporary electric road, the Scandinavian country has pioneered electrified roads. 

European Route E20, the selected highway, connects logistic hubs between Hallsberg and Örebro. It is in the middle of the country’s three major cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö.

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The Road Will Be Built By 2025

The project in Sweden to build a permanent electrified road is currently in the procurement phase. The charging method for E20 has not been determined, but there are three options: catenary, conductive (ground-based), and inductive.

The catenary system, which uses overhead wires to power a special type of bus or tram, is only suitable for heavy-duty vehicles. An electrical rail has been milled into the asphalt along a 2-kilometre stretch.  (As per euronews)

According to a study and its authors, not all roads in Sweden need to be electrified. By doing so on only 25% of all roads would be sufficient for the system to function.

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