120 billion to electrify roads

Sweden is currently testing electrified roads in a real-life environment. In one trial, a rail that allows vehicles to collect current is being installed in the asphalt near Arlanda Airport, and in a second trial, on the outskirts of Gävle, an overhead conductive line that can be used to power trucks is being constructed.

The trials are at an early stage, but PostNord hopes that a commercial solution will be in place by mid-2017 which will allow the mail delivery company to drive electric trucks on the road between the Rosersberg terminal and Arlanda’s freight centre.

In addition to PostNord, Volvo, Scania, NCC and the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) are also involved in the trials. Current estimates indicate that it would cost around 120 billion kronor to electrify Sweden’s network of motorways and country roads.