Sweden pioneers Scalextric-style road charging

1st May 2018

The battery-charging road in Sweden

An electrified road that recharges the batteries of vehicles driving on it has opened in Sweden.

In a world first, a 1.2-mile stretch of electric rail has been embedded in a public road near Stockholm as part of the country’s efforts to reduce fossil fuel usage in the transport sector by 70 per cent by 2030.  

Energy is transferred from the rails in the road via a movable arm attached to the bottom of a car or a truck, with ‘dynamic’ charging that allows for batteries to be smaller than those used with roadside infrastructure. 

For further details, read more on the Guardian website.