German-Swedish cooperation on eHighways

Germany and Sweden have agreed to work together on a joint study on eHighways and the electrification of roads.

On 31st January during a visit of to Sweden,  Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the Federal Government of Germany and the Swedish Government have agreed on a number of actions under their Partnership for Innovation programme.

This notAngela Merkel is briefed on Swedens eHighway trials (photo - Siemens)ably defines that a joint study on eHighways and the electrification of roads will be conducted.  The study will include: the advantages and disadvantages of different technical solutions; possible business models, including financing and ownership issues; cost benefit analyses; preliminary mapping of interesting roads; and an exchange of views with industry representatives.
Sweden and Germany agree to work together to enhance eHighway technology, identify means for cross-border operability between Sweden and Germany and campaign at European level for the wider spread of this technology.

The joint study will be undertaken by the Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration) and the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

See the English press announcement

In March 2016,  CEDR organised an Electric Road System workshop in Germany to examine different systems for electrifying road freight.  Trials in Sweden, Germany,  Norway and other countries were compared.  The first highway trial was launched in Sweden in June 2016.

Electric road hybrid truck, Scania G 360 4x2 (Hybrid Truck with Siemens pantograph on the roof)<br /> Gävle, Sweden<br /> Photo: Tobias Ohls 2016

Photo credit – Scania (Tobias Ohls 2016)

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