The road of tomorrow is electric with power lines built into the surface of the road. Trucks and buses continuously are supplied with electric power without carrying large batteries.
The Volvo Group already has extensive knowledge about electric drivetrains, now is examine a solution for long-distance electric trucks and buses.
Mats Alaküla, the Volvo Group’s expert on electric vehicles and Professor at Lund University, said:
“In city traffic, there are currently various solutions and we are researching many others. We have field tests in progress where our plug-in buses are equipped with a battery that can be charged quickly when the buses are at bus stops.
With this method, electric vehicles could be continuously supplied with power without carrying large batteries. The power line will be built in sections and one section is only live as the truck passes.”
Richard Sebestyen, who is the project manager at Volvo Group Trucks Technology, which is the Volvo Group’s research and development division, said:
“We are currently testing how to connect the electricity from the road to the truck. The electricity flows into a water-cooled heating element, with similar power requirement as an electricity-driven truck,”
source Volvo Group