Swiss Going Electric; 62-Mile Electric Road Project Coming Soon

March 15, 2012 / No Comments

The green highway project implemented by Sweden and Norway had already taken a slot alongside the Finnish project on innovative transport projects. Now it seems like Swiss wants to stay ahead of the game. They are planning to build a 62 mile road stretch and the best part about it is that it is completely electric.

Electrified Highway Swiss Going Electric; 62 Mile Electric Road Project Coming Soon

Recent studies have shown that cargo transport using trucks and giant automotives have seriously increased carbon emissions. This has spurred the Swiss to do something about it and the idea of this electric road was born there.

Electrifying highways for transport is not at all an easy task. The road should be smooth and linear as any other road from exterior point of view. At the same time it should continuously support the EVs in their charging aspect by providing them with adequate power at the right time.

There are so many ways in achieving this goal and one is to use an intelligent connector on the top of the cabs that would be able to sense electrified overhead cables and retract or extend to receive charging automatically.

Meanwhile, it should easily avoid overpasses and other such obstacles too. Based on a report submitted last year that was commissioned in part by the Swedish Energy Administration, the conclusion was that by using electric battery technology for long distance trucking, enough power cannot be saved.

The total cost for the project is expected to be around $367 million and the final decision will be made in the first part of June. Stay tuned.