Israeli technology company ElectReon Wireless announced that it has won a tender from the Swedish Transport authorities for building 1.6 kilometer smart electrified road. The electrified road will be based on ElectReon’s dynamic wireless loading technology which is designed to enable wireless loading electric buses and trucks when they are being driven on the road.
ElectReon has created a consortium of companies led by its own subsidiary ElectReon Ab, in order to carry out the project. The electrified road is part of the planned 4.1 km route joining the city of Visby on the island of Gotland to the airport. The electric bus will work as a public shuttle and a professional driver will operate the electric bus to verify the feasibility of the system for expansion to a large-scale project on high-speed roads.
The total cost of the project is expected to be around NIS 45 million of which Swedish government is contributing NIS 33.5 million while the rest will be paid by consortium of companies led ElectReon.
The consortium of companies include public transportation firm Dan, European research institute Rise, EiTech which is a significant part of the global infrastructure group Vinci Energies. ElectReon’s party of interest and some other international companies.
The Swedish government has formed a road map for realizing electrified road. The government plans to build around 2000km electrified roads for allowing dynamic charging of electric vehicles at a $3 billion total estimated cost.
ElectReon said that the Swedish government funding will be able to cover the company’s costs in the 3-year project. A final agreement between the company and the Swedish transportation authorities is yet to be reached and it very likely that the terms of the deal may differ from this report.
The company’s technology enables wireless charging of electric vehicles running on its roads through the coils fitted beneath the road surface. The ultimate aim of the new technology is to extend the travel time and range of electric vehicles and also to reduce the charging time of vehicles. The vehicles only need a small battery for running on roads where the company’s coil infrastructure is lacking.
Initially, the company plans to install its technology on trucks and buses riding in fixed lanes while it will extended to private vehicles later. The implementation of the technology also depends on cooperation shown by regulators.
The company signed a similar cooperation agreement with the municipality of Tel Aviv which is a first of its kind to operate a Dan public transport route on electric road technology.