The world’s first electrified road that recharges batteries of an electric vehicle when driving on it has been opened in Sweden. About 2km of electric rail has been attached to a public road near Stockholm, but the government’s roads agency has already created a national map for future expansion. Sweden’s target is to achieve independence from fossil fuel by 2030 and also acquire a 70% reduction in the transport sector.
The technology behind the world’s first electrified road aims to solve the controversial problems of keeping electric vehicles charged, and the manufacture of electric vehicle batteries affordable.
Energy is transferred from two tracks of rail in the road through a movable arm embedded in the bottom of a vehicle. The design is quite similar to that of a Scalextric track, even if the vehicle overtakes, the arm is automatically disconnected.
The World’s first electrified road is divided into 50m section, with a single section powered only when an electric vehicle is above it. There is no active electricity on the surface of the electrified road. There are only two tracks, just like a channel in the wall. Five or six centimeters below is where the electricity can be found. But when the electrified road was flooded with saltwater that was when we found out that the electricity level at the surface is just one volt. You could walk barefooted on the electrified road without getting a shock or electrocuted.
The Swedish government which was represented by one of its ministers at the formal inauguration of the electrified road is in discussion with Berlin about a future network. In 2016, a 2km stretch of motorway in Sweden was modified with similar technology but via overhead power lines at lorry level, making it inoperative for electric cars.
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