World’s first electric road is going to create history in Sweden.
Sweden has won the title of opening world’s first exclusive road. This road was inaugurated near the city of Gavle in central Sweden. This project was incorporated to bring about a unique partnership which made sure that a path for fossil free transportation might be created. The road is supposed to have only electric vehicles being driven on it. Scania will be supplying all the electric vehicles such as electric-powered trucks in order to operate on the road.
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This track opened on 22nd June. This 22 kilometer road strip on the E16 motorway. Now one can see electric trucks from Scania driving on the road without any kind of barrier using conductive technology which is developed by Siemens.
These trucks that move on the road will get its power from pantograph power collector which is mounted on its cab. It can be easily disconnected and connected from the truck whenever wanted by truck drivers.
When the trucks will move away from this electrically powered lane, the pantograph is disconnected. Along with that the pantograph is disconnected on moving away from electric lane and the truck starts taking its power from combustion engine. If the truck wants to overtake any other truck by stepping over from lane, this things happens again.
Scania believes that Sweden’s electric road like this is a huge step towards energy conservation and for the fossil free fleet of vehicles which is supposed to come in 2030.
The Scania trucks are 9.0 ton in weight and have a parallel hybrid powertrain. The engine of these trucks is 13 liter engine with 360np producing 1050Nm of torque. The electric motor that comes with the truck will power 130kW. Scania is a partner company of Volkswagen Truck and Bus.
Scania’s head of Research and Development Claes Erixon, says, “The electric road is one important milestone on the journey towards fossil-free transport. Scania is committed to the success of this project and is committed to sustainable transport solutions.”
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Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt, who is responsible for Scania’s research into electrification, adds, “The potential fuel savings through electrification are considerable and the technology can become a cornerstone for fossil-free road transport services.”