World’s First Electric Road Opens in Sweden

The world´s first electric road is being inaugurated near the city of Gävle in central Sweden, the result of a unique partnership demonstrating the path towards fossil-free transportation. Scania is supplying with the electrically-powered trucks, which will operate under real traffic conditions.

Opening today, 22 June, the two-kilometer strip on the E16 motorway sees electrified trucks from Scania driven in open traffic, using conductive technology developed by Siemens.

The beauty of the new technology, which is the result of several years of cooperation between the Swedish Government and the private sector, is that it permits the trucks to operate as electric vehicles when on the electrified road and as regular hybrid vehicles at other times. All the Scania trucks on the road are hybrid and Euro 6-certified, running on biofuel.

Scania´s sees the electric road as being a key component in achieving Sweden’s ambition of an energy-efficient and fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2030. It can also help to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness in the rapidly-developing area of sustainable transport.

The electric road is only one of several pioneering technologies that Scania is working on to help the spread of sustainable solutions within both urban and long-haul transport. The company is also developing technologies for alternative fuels, hybridized and fully-electric vehicles, and autonomously and wirelessly-connected transport in parallel with its work to further enhance and refine the products of the future.

Technical parameters of the Scania vehicle:
Truck model: Scania G 360 4×2, weight 9.0 ton
Powertrain: Parallel hybrid, integrated in the gearbox (GRS895)
Engine: 13-litre, 360hp (runs on biofuel)
Electric motor: 130kW, 1050Nm
Battery: Li-Ion 5 kWh (gives a driving range up to 3 km when not running on the e -way)
System voltage: 700V

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