With a focus on sustainable transportation, Sweden opens first electric highway

Posted at 8:11 AM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 09:12:45-04

It's being billed as the world's first electric road.

The e-highway, as its nicknamed, opened last week in Sweden, according to automotive industry manufacturer Scania.

On a stretch of road just over a mile, near a city in central Sweden, power wires were installed overhead.

The hope was that a vehicle technologically equipped could take that electricity from the wires and roll with it--literally.

An electric hybrid truck developed by Scania was modified to harness that power. The truck comes with a "pantograph power collector" that can connect and disconnect to the wires while in motion.

The company says in a news release the conductive electrical transmission technology allows the truck to run as an electric vehicle while connected-- and return to hybrid status when it's detached. 

Scania and German engineering company Siemens collaborated on the technology with support from the Swedish government and the private sector.

More details here.