In 2011, Robotdalen, through concept studies of smart pantographs, participated in a feasibility study called "Electric roads". The project was about, on major roads, being able to connect heavy vehicles to overhead lines so that they run on electrical energy instead of internal combustion engines, with reduced carbon dioxide emissions as a result. Robotdalen was responsible for, among other things, the robot arm that controls the pantograph that connects the vehicle to the overhead line, as well as the virtual demonstrator.
The project was carried out on behalf of the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency. Project partners were Svenska Elvägar , BAE Systems Hägglunds , Elforsk , Projektengagemang and Balfour Beatty . Many of the conclusions presented in this feasibility study now form the basis for the first electric road in the world , which is located on the E16 between Sandviken and Storvik. Test routes in Germany and the USA have also been opened in 2019.
More information about electric roads can be read on the Swedish Transport Administration's website .