Scania Starts Testing of Electric Roads for Trucks in Sweden
Published On Jun 25, 2016
Sweden’s leading commercial vehicle manufacture Scania has taken one step ahead than it peers in terms of fuel free cargo transport solutions. It has opened up an all electric 2 kilometer long road on the E16 highway in Sweden to test out its latest technology thoroughly. The track has been fitted with electric cables and the testing trucks will be fitted with a pantograph power collector like one we observe in electric trains. The tech has been developed in sync with Seimens . This complete system can driver a 9.0 tonne GVW truck up to a maximum top speed of 90 km/h.
Commenting on the technology, Mr. Claes Erixon, R&D Head, Scania, said, “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.” It’s also to be noted that the company is simultaneously working on alternative fuel, hybrid and fully-electric trucks along side autonomous and wireless-connected transport solution.
This so called electric road and truck testing program is a major step from Scania to have a fossil-fuel free truck fleet by 2030. However, what remains to be seen is the real-time performance and overall sustainability of the program to take the testing up to the higher levels.