Sweden is building the World’s First Permanently Electrified Road for EV Charging on The Move

By: | May 19th, 2023

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With the acceleration in the global push for net-zero carbon emissions, the adoption of electric vehicles is rising sharply. 

In order to address the environmental challenges the world is facing, Electric Vehicle (EV) market is growing. EVs offer a cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional gasoline, as they are powered by electricity stored in batteries or fuel cells. 

Sweden has decided to make history, by building the world’s first permanent electric road.

The electric road system (ERS) will allow EVs to charge while driving. This initiative will also help in removing range anxiety and revolutionizing sustainable transportation. The project is led by the Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket.

“We think the electrification solution is the way forward for decarbonising the transport sector and we are working with a number of solutions,” Jan Pettersson, Director of Strategic Development at Trafikverket.

The project is currently at the procurement stage and is planned to be built by 2025

For this pioneering endeavor, they have chosen the E20 highway. This highway is located in the middle of Sweden’s major cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. As a result, this 13-mile (21 km) stretch, holds vast potential for electric road development. 

This initiative will help in reducing emissions from heavy-duty vehicles by 1.2 million tonnes by 2030.

“This would reduce the need for raw materials for batteries, and an electric car could also become cheaper for the consumer,” said Sten Karlsson, co-author of the study.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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