The goal of net-zero carbon transportation is universal; however, many transportation sectors or industries have their own specific requirements, targets and expectations which may make electrification difficult and costly. Electrified Roadways (E-Roads), or Electric Road Systems (ERS), have the potential to expand electrification into new segments of road-based transportation for both freight and passenger travel.
There are various technologies applied to E-Road demonstrations, each with benefits and challenges. The IEA-HEV TCP Task 45 focuses on the energy transfer path technologies, including inductive and conductive transfer technologies, which are either embedded in the roadway or separate from the road. Though the focus of the task is on energy transfer technologies for the vehicles and the infrastructure, there are many supporting technologies (i.e. power distribution, communications, vehicle controls, etc.) which will be discussed and evaluated. The goal of the E-Roads task is to understand the challenges and barriers to a large-scale E-Roads deployment.
The Operating Agent for the Task is Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, with participation from several other countries (besides Norway), including Sweden, Germany, France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Israel.
The activity of the Task is planned over three years and is organized with biannual meetings and workshops.
The Task was officially launched in 2022, with Norway being one of the establishing members.
This application relates to the second year of activity in the Task.