Think this, a vehicle is charging itself while running on the road. It sounds surreal, but Sweden made it possible in reality. Sweden made world’s first electric road, which can charge commercial and passenger vehicles. Moreover, the road is open now.
the electric road
On Wednesday, Sweden’s infrastructure minister opened the electric road. It is 2KM stretch outside Sweden’s Arlanda Airport.
An electric truck working for the logistics company PostNord will over the next 12 months use the road to stay charged as it shuttles deliveries between Arlanda Airport and its distribution centre 12km away. In fact, there is a connector beneath its chassis. The connector attaches an electrified groove in the road. And it draws like a car on a Scalextric track.
“Everything is 100 percent automatic, based on the connector magnetically sensing the road,” Hans Säll, Chief Executive of the eRoadArlanda Consortium told, “Everything is 100 percent automatic, based on the connector magnetically sensing the road”. “As a driver, you drive, as usual, the connector goes down onto the track automatically and if you leave the track, it goes up automatically.”
He said that in a commercial application, it would be easy to handle billing and permissions.
“You can send data through electric cables, so it’s no problem to identify the car, and the rail will know if you are allowed to draw electricity or not and it will be able to charge you.”