EVolution Road is one of two projects in Sweden that have been commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration to build a demonstration site for electric roads. The purpose is to gain more knowledge about electric roads and explore the potential of electric road as a complement in a future fossil-free transport system.
The electric road system will be built in the first quarter of 2020 and the entire project will last for three years. It is the first electric road system to be placed in an urban environment, on Getingevägen in the city center of Lund.
Fossil-free transport system
Today, domestic transport accounts for one third of greenhouse gas emissions in Sweden. At the same time, Sweden’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the domestic transport sector by 70% compared to 2010 levels, to reach net emissions by 2045.
In order to achieve these goals, we need to find sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. Several different alternative modes of transport need to be developed to change today’s transport system and the Swedish Transport Administration is testing electric roads as an important complement in tomorrow’s fossil-free transport system.
The advantage of Electric Road Systems
Among the most important benefits of electric roads is that it significantly reduces the vehicle’s battery size. This leads to advantage such as less environmental impact and lighter vehicles that allow you to carry more goods or passengers. Charging while driving also eliminates the need for downtime to charge the batteries, which saves time.
Other advantages of the electric roads:
– It uses existing road infrastructure
– It has high efficiency which can lower costs
– Electricity can be produced from a variety of sustainable sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
The demonstration site will be built on Getingevägen in central Lund in southern Sweden starting in May 2020.