Electric highway demonstration project (E16)

Last updated: 4 November 2019

Demonstration project:

The world’s first fossil fuel-free electric road for heavy goods vehicles has been built near Gävle, Sweden.

It is situated on the E16. Poles are placed at 60-metre intervals to support electrical contact lines above the inside lane

The road can be used by heavy goods vehicles with pantographs on the roof which power the vehicles through contact with the overhead wires. It is planned that the whole 100-kilometre section of the E16 between the port of Gävle and Borlänge will  be electrified.

Some technical issues were encountered. The project has been extended to 2020.

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End uses covered
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