April 11, 2022
Electreon, which develops wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) technology, has announced a one-year extension of the Smartroad Gotland pilot project in Sweden. Funded by the Swedish Transportation Administration, the $2.17 million extension includes an upgrade of 400 meters to the existing installation.
Electreon said it will also extend the run of the electric airport shuttle bus, and will continue to undergo testing and simultaneously be available for commercial rides. The shuttle is expected to be open to the public in summer 2022.
“The team at Smartroad Gotland is excited for the one-year extension of this project and for the opportunity to demonstrate the continued endurance of our wireless charging technology in Swedish weather,” said Håkan Sundelin, director of the Nordic region for Electreon and the Smartroad Gotland product manager. “The planned large-scale electric road pilot in Sweden, in addition to the French government’s decision to fund pilots for wireless charging roads, shows high demand for Electreon’s technology in Europe.”
As part of the project extension, Electgreon said it will increase the capacity of its receivers to transfer energy to approximately 30 kW and examine a new generation of its technology, to demonstrate how the wireless charging infrastructure can be upgraded to meet evolving needs over time. Software capabilities, such as a billing feature, enables the company to invoice vehicle subscribers using the electric road system.
Once the upgrade is complete, the long-haul e-truck and commercial passenger e-buss will undergo continued testing. The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) will perform third-party endurance and stress tests to verify that the technology and charging coils are unaffected by road construction and heavy-duty truck use.
The Electreon technology has also been integrated with several vehicles, as part of collaborations with auto manufacturers that include Renault, Stellantis, Iveco, and Volkswagen. In February 2022, the company was awarded a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contract for the first public electric road system for wireless EV charging in the U.S.
For more details on the system and technology, visit the Electreon website here.