Sweden is the home of the world´s first electric road (or e-way) and its Scania trucks that are the first to be able to take advantage of the technology.
Located in central Sweden, the 2km electrified stretch of the E16 motorway was opened this week and allows for emissions free travel for trucks via a truck-mounted pantograph that takes electricity from an overhead wire.
The trucks are fitted with hybrid powertrains and run on bio-fuel when an electricity supply, such as on the electric motorway, isn’t available.
Technical parameters of the Scania vehicle:
- Truck model - Scania G 360 4×2
- Powertrain - Parallel hybrid, integrated in the gearbox (GRS895)
- Engine - 13-litre, 360hp (runs on biofuel)
- Electric motor - 130kW/1050Nm
- Battery - Li-Ion 5 kWh (gives a driving range up to 3 km when not running on the e-way)
- System voltage - 700V
Scania’s Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt says the project shows there is a future for fossil-fuel free transport.
“The potential fuel savings through electrification are considerable and the technology can become a cornerstone for fossil-free road transport services.”