In order for a successful introduction of Electric Road Systems (ERS) there is a need to build a supporting and strong innovation system. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the Swedish and Nordic research and innovation resources by building a joint knowledge base around ERS. This is done in cooperation with institutes, universities, authorities, and industry.
The project will have a close cooperation with the ERS demonstration sites that are being established in Sweden, and a reference group of about twenty parties will have an important advisor role.
The result from the project is expected to identify and describe benefits and effects of ERS from several aspects, such as societal and financial preconditions, different actors' perspective, implementation strategies, operation and maintenance standards, proposals for regulatory rules, success criteria for high acceptance among people and society, as well as development of international cooperation.
Viktoria Swedish ICT coordinates the project and works together with the research partners Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, the Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics (TØI), and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI); with the industry partners Fortum, Profu, Scania, Vattenfall, and Volvo Group; as well as with the deployment proposals managed by Airport City Stockholm, Region Gävleborg, and Region Kalmar.
The work of the project is divided into nine work packages:
- Power supply – coordinated by Chalmers
- Environmental impact – coordinated by VTI
- Construction, operation and maintenance – coordinated by VTI
- Economic effects for the society – coordinated by Viktoria
- Funding and strategies for implementation and utilization – coordinated by Viktoria
- Economic effects for businesses – coordinated by Viktoria
- Business models, access and payment system – coordinated by Viktoria
- Law, regulation and standardization – coordinated by VTI
- Knowledge spread – coordinated by Traffic Administration