The world’s first electric highway was opened in Gävle, central Sweden yesterday, and it was an electrically-powered G 360 4 x 2 truck from Scania which made the inaugural journey.
Sweden’s commitment to sustainable transport
Swedish Government Ministers, leading public sector figures, the business community and the regional authority where the electric road is located were joined by international media and members at the launch. The technology is the result of several years of cooperation between the Swedish Government, public sector and private sector, and shows the strength of Sweden’s commitment to sustainable transport solutions.
Scania and Siemens’ joint technology
Claes Erixon, Scania’s Head of Research and Development, described how the Scania truck has been equipped with a pantograph power collector that is mounted on the frame behind its cab. This connects in turn to overhead power lines that are above the right-hand lane of the road, using conductive technology created by Siemens.