Sweden: Solaris Trollino trolleybus selected for test drive on ‘EVolution Road’
For the ‘EVolution Road’ research project in Sweden, a Solaris Trollino trolleybus -- manufactured by Poland-based bus and coach maker Solaris -- will be test driven on a special electric-vehicle (EV) charging track in Lund city.
The ‘EVolution Road’ research project has been initiated by Elonroad, in association with the University of Lund and Sweden’s Transport Ministry. The other partners in the EUR 9-million project include Solaris, the municipality of Lund, Innovation Skåne AB, Kraftringen Energi AB, Skånetrafiken, and Ramboll AB.
The research project involves the construction of a special road track on which the batteries of EVs will be charged both while driving and at a halt. To enable on-track and stationary charging of EV batteries, segments of conductor rails --- each of one-meter length -- will be laid on a one-kilometre stretch. The power supply on the sections of the rail will be switched on for EV charging immediately when the EVolution Road identifies an approaching EV.
The vehicle which has been selected for test driving on the special EV-charging road track is a Solaris Trollino trolleybus. For the test drive, Solaris will install a special device underneath the bus, to enable its recharging from the conductor rails entrenched in the ground. The charging systems in the Trollino trolleybus will be developed and integrated by Solaris.
The commencement of the EVolution Road construction is scheduled for 2020 first quarter. The entire project will run for a period of three years.