Charging Unit to Be Built into a Bus Stop Roadway
Scania says it’s the first company in Sweden to test a wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus, and that the vehicle will begin operations in Södertälje (just outside Stockholm), in June 2016 as part of a research project into sustainable vehicle technology.
Scania says it’s “undertaking intensive research into various types of electrification technologies that could replace or complement combustion engines. Induction is among the options being investigated and would involve vehicles wirelessly recharging their batteries via electrified roads.”
The in-service trials are backed by KTH, the Stockholm-based Royal Institute of Technology. The Swedish Energy Agency will ante 9.8 million kroner – approximately $1.25 million U.S. at current rates. Other stakeholders include Södertälje Municipality, the Stockholm County Council and the Tom Tits museum.
‘The First Step Towards Entirely Electrified Roads’
“There is enormous potential in the switch from combustion engines to electrification,” Scania hybrid system development head Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt said in a release.
“The field test in Södertälje is the first step towards entirely electrified roads where electric vehicles take up energy from the road surface,” he said.
Scania says that that fuel costs can be cut by 90%
Scania is also eyeing “the take-up of energy from overhead electrical wires or from rails.”
“Our customers have different needs and prerequisites when it comes to switching to more sustainable transport,” Vågstedt said. “We don’t want to focus on just one technology.”
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