How it works

The EVolution Road project is demonstrating an Electric Road System in a city center in Southern Sweden with a conductive ground mounted charging system for all types of electric vehicles.

The Electric Road System includes a conductive connection between the electric road and the vehicle – through a pic-up installed under the vehicle. The pic-up connects to the road by sliding along electrified rails laid on top of the road, thus transmitting power and charging the vehicle’s batteries, providing an efficient transfer of power from the rails to the vehicle. Only short segments of rail are activated in rapid sequence under the vehicles, all other parts of the rail is powered off, making the solution safe also in busy city traffic.

The concept works both while the vehicle is driving and when it is stationary.

Pic-ups under the vehicle.
The pic-ups automatically connects to the rails as it approaches the electric road.

The system is designed so that all types and sizes of electric vehicles such as cars, taxis, buses and trucks can use the systems. The primary test vehicle is a city bus.

The system demonstrates a range of solutions – not only battery charging – but also wireless communication between the road and vehicles, security solutions, automated payments and more.

The technology being tested in the project has been developed by Lundabolaget Elonroad AB. Read more about the technology on Elonroad’s website.

Learn more in our Electric Road Q&A