Thuringia: E-road charges car battery while driving


Sweden rail soon in Thuringia?

E-road charges car battery while driving

Erfurt – Experts in e-mobility have long agreed: In the future, the ability to charge quickly will be more important than the range of the battery!

So what would be better than an electric vehicle that charges itself while driving? The southern Swedish company Elonroad from Lund has developed exactly that: the “EVolution Road” – an electric road that could soon also supply Thuringian e-mobiles with electricity!

A public transport model project with converted buses has been running in Lund since 2019

Photo: Elonroad

During a visit to Thuringia by a delegation from the Öresund region, Ellinor Lindqvist (30) from Elonroad explained the charging rails, thanks to which Sweden, among other things, intends to do without fossil fuels completely by 2030.

Lindqvist explained the function during a visit to the Thuringian Innovation Center for Mobility (ThiMo) at the TU Ilmenau: “A rail with electrical conductors is let into the middle of the lane, which transfers energy to the electric motor.” A pantograph is automatically lowered as soon as it is detected by sensors the rail is crossed. The E-road has been tested in a pilot project together with the University of Lund since 2019.

Ellinor Lindqvist from Elonroad visited Thuringia with a business delegation from southern Sweden

Ellinor Lindqvist from Elonroad visited Thuringia with a business delegation from southern Sweden

Photo: Elonroad

Advantages of the technology: With the electric road system, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by up to 90 percent in the future. The weight and size of the required batteries – especially for buses and trucks – would also be significantly reduced, which would have a positive effect on the climate targets.

The Swedish electric road has definitely aroused interest at the Thuringian state development company (LEG): “This innovative technology offers great links to Thuringia’s activities in the direction of future mobility,” said Managing Director Alexander Krey (58) to BILD.

The rail (sunk into or laid on the roadway) is 5 centimeters high and 30 centimeters wide

The rail (sunk into or laid on the roadway) is 5 centimeters high and 30 centimeters wide

Photo: Elonroad

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