In the Evolution Road project, the next generation of Electric Roads (ERS) is being demonstrated and tested at a test site in Lund. The ERS provides a charging infrastructure for all kinds of electric vehicles – with benefits such as extended driving, seamless charging and reduced need for heavy batteries in our vehicles.
In order for the transition to fossil-free and electric vehicles to take place and to reach our climate goals, we need an accessible and efficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The idea of modern ERS emerged 20 years ago, inspired by the benefits of continuous energy supply to trolleybuses. The ERS of today is a charging infrastructure that auto charges most types of electric vehicles when driving as well as when parked, with benefits such as extend driving range and reduced need of large and heavy batteries.
In the Evolution Road project, a conductive ground mounted ERS will be implemented, tested and demonstrated on a kilometer-long stretch of road at Getingevägen in Lund. The purpose is to gain increased knowledge about electric roads as part of a future fossil-free transportation system.
The new generation of ground mounted and smart ERS enables:
– Charging while driving, which eliminates the need for downtime to recharge.
– Reduced battery sizes by 50-80 percent, which reduces environmental impact and cost.
– Energy efficiency, as the vehicles become lighter with smaller batteries.
– Charging of most types of electric vehicles: cars, trucks, utility vehicles and buses.
The project has been commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration and is made possible through a private-public partnership: Elonroad AB, Innovation Skåne AB, Kraftringen Energi AB, Lund Municipality, Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, Ramboll, Skånetrafiken, Solaris Sverige AB and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI.