17 Apr '18, 5am

Sweden opens road with slot-car style rail for electric vehicles (Video)

Sweden opens road with slot-car style rail for electric vehicles (Video)

Anyone who loves slot cars or electric vehicles will rejoice at this news. Sweden just opened a stretch of highway that powers an electric test truck the same way a slot car works - by transferring electricity from a rail in the road through a charging arm that drops down into the slot in the road. The Swedish Transport Administration aims to go carbon neutral by 2050, and the first section of electrified road is a step in that direction. The eRoadArlanda project offers to make range anxiety a thing of the past as trucks, buses, and even cars can get a steady feed of power while they are going down the road. Like a slot car track, the rail runs right down the middle of the lane. Existing battery powered vehicles can be retrofitted with the charging arm, allowing the infrastructure to be used without big investments in new equipment. The contact senses when it is above the ...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/cars/sweden-opens-road-slot-ca...

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