As the world continues to expand its EV charging infrastructure, the Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has announced it has begun the planning and procurement process to build the world’s first truly electric highway, designed to charge EVs as they drive.
According to Trafikverket‘s site, “The purpose of the pilot electric road project is to verify and demonstrate the technology by installing and testing a complete electric road system with ancillary services, toll and access system, etc.”
The road is planned for sections of the E20 Hallsberg–Örebro and Route 73 Västerhaninge–Nynäshamn, a route used extensively for heavy truck cargo transportation. The choice of the route was based on “road type, traffic volumes, transport arrangements, the natural and cultural environment, the available power supply and national defence interests.”
Once the planning has been completed and the contract for building has been awarded, the design and construction is expected to be completed in 2025.