By: April Carson
By 2030, Sweden wants to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by 70% in order to help combat climate change. The country made a significant stride toward its objective the day before. To do that, they launched the world's first electric road, which charges vehicles as they drive.
The country's first electric road was launched
Sweden has built the world's first road that recharges cars' batteries. Electric rail has been embedded into a 1.2-mile stretch of public highway near Stockholm, making it the first country in the world to have an electrified street.
According to The Guardian, this is just the first phase of road that will be built. The government's roads agency has already drawn up a national map detailing future growth. Sweden aims to tackle the issue of keeping electric vehicles charged by inserting electric rail into the roadway.
What exactly is it, and how does it work?
The electrified road works by transferring energy from the rail to the vehicle using a movable arm. The rail is connected to an electricity source, which draws power and transfers it through the arm into the car’s battery while driving. The length of this first stretch of electric roads is about 2 km (1.2 miles), enough to connect two of the three main roads that run through the local Gavleån community. Should the vehicle overtake, the arm is automatically disconnected.
The street has 50 meter sections, each of which is divided into smaller parts. When a car comes to a halt, the current is cut off. The new technology can compute the vehicle's energy usage. Electricity costs may be deducted from each vehicle's user account with this information.
This inventive charging method allows for smaller automobile batteries. In addition, manufacturing and maintenance expenses are both lower.
What are the benefits?
The government said that if their electric roads prove to be successful, it could pave the way for future technological development. However, they have not currently set a date for when this will happen.
Local authorities believe the roads could eventually help reduce costs of public transportation and vastly improve road safety.
Both current automobiles and roadways can be modified to take advantage of this technology, according to Hans Säll, the CEO of the eRoadArlanda. He believes that this will happen in fact, as Sweden has about 500,000 kilometers of roadway.
“If we electrify 20,000 kilometers of roads, we will most certainly have enough energy available,” Säll added. “Electric vehicles can already travel 45 kilometers between two highways without being recharged. Some people think that 5,000 kilometers is sufficient.”
Swedish government has taken notice of the potential savings, as well. They see this technology as a viable way to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions.
It's already feasible to replace the conductive wires with supercapacitors that are charged by induction plates in the ground, according to eRoadArlanda. These, however, must be close together, thus the route between Kolingsborg and Alvsjo is best for now.
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