Sweden is building the world’s first permanent electric road that will charge EVs while they’re on the move. The country has already piloted four temporary electrified roads, but this 21 km (13-mile) stretch of road is going to be permanent.
The electrified road is being built by Swedish transport administration Trafikverket. Design and construction are expected to complete in 2025. Trafikverket is considering such options as overhead power lines (ie, how trams operate); ground-level electric rails in the road that transmit energy to the EV through a conductive pickup beneath the vehicle, or road-embedded inductive coils that transfers power to the vehicles.