13 Mar '12, 10am

Sixty-Two Miles of Electric Highway Planned

Sixty-Two Miles of Electric Highway Planned

Electrification of mobility is nothing new - electric trolley buses still ply the streets of San Francisco and many other cities - 40,000 trolley buses are active globally. But the dream of electrifying highways for car and truck transport has remained mostly in the Jetsons realm. As electric cars are starting to reach the mainstream, however, the vision of electrified highways has resurfaced, and Sweden is at the forefront. Volvo has been a proponent of a concept called 'continuous electric drive ' in which your car would receive ongoing recharging from electrified pavement. Now in Sweden, there's a fast-track plan to electrify a 62-mile stretch of road in the far northern reaches of the country, as an eco-friendly way to shuttle loads of iron ore in 'trolley dump trucks' between a new mine and a train depot. In Sweden (which still clings to the idea that it might become ...

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