Wireless electric bus charging hits Sweden

Some of Sweden’s electric buses are now being charged wirelessly. Electric buses and associated infrastructure in Sodertalje, near Stockholm, use inductive technology to make the recharging process quicker and easier. Vattenfall, Scania, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Some of Sweden’s electric buses are now being charged wirelessly.

Electric buses and associated infrastructure in Sodertalje, near Stockholm, use inductive technology to make the recharging process quicker and easier.

Vattenfall, Scania, SL, Södertälje Municipality and the Royal Institute of Technology collaborated on the project.

The buses simply park over a hidden panel for seven minutes in between laps of their 10-kilometre route to automatically top up their batteries with renewable power for the next circuit.

The project is expected to play a significant part in achieving Sweden’s goal of a fossil-fuel free bus fleet by 2030.

Hybrid-electric vehicles are around 70% more efficient than comparable diesel models.

Magnus Hall, CEO and President of Vattenfall, said: “The further electrification of the transport sector is one of the most important contributions to a climate-neutral Sweden. A hundred years ago, Vattenfall electrified Sweden and the railways and now we are electrifying the road transports.”