Sweden gets world’s 1st permanently electrified road for EV charging
Over the years, Sweden has road tested and trialled three solutions.
According to media reports, Sweden will become the world’s first country to get a permanently electrified stretch of road, which should allow electric vehicles to recharge their batteries while on the move. The electrified road will be set up by 2025 and once operational would enable EVs to travel greater distances between charging stations.
The highway which to be electrified will be the E20, connecting Sweden’s major cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. The E20 highway will be the first of many and is part of the country’s plans to have over 3000 km of its roads electrified in the near future. Reports though state that the country is yet to select which type of electric road the highway will feature.
Over the years, Sweden has road tested and trialled three solutions. This includes an overhead electric line for heavy vehicles, charging coils placed beneath the road’s asphalt and a charging rail for electric trucks. Of these, induction coils placed under the asphalt seems to be the most popular choice.
Reports state that having electrified roads would not only allow for EVs to travel longer distances, but would also result in more affordable EVs thanks to smaller battery packs.
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