Electric Road Systems Conference 2019, May 7–8, 2019, Frankfurt

Paving the way to large-scale implementation

Electric Road Systems (ERS) comprise all technologies that enable an in-motion transfer of power to electric vehicles. ERS bear a large potential for decarbonizing heavy-duty freight transport. Stringent climate targets in many countries, but also rising urgency to reduce local air pollution call for a fast implementation of ERS.

ERS has recently taken the step from a visionary technology to first real-world applications (Sweden 2016 and 2018, California 2017, Germany January 2019), with further projects in planning (e.g., Italy, Sweden and China). Previous experiences and evaluations from demonstration projects are highly promising. Creating roadmaps for large-scale implementations is the next logical step and requires research in particular about potential business models, regulatory aspects, and integration into the energy system. Allowing all types of ERS technologies to mature through real-world applications remains on the agenda.

The third Electric Road Systems Conference provides opportunities for academics, policy makers and professionals interested in ERS to meet, exchange and contribute to an international discussion on the status-quo of ERS and its prospects. The conference also aims to bridge between research from various disciplines and practical experiences. For instance, the program includes site-visits to the nearby pilot site for catenary ERS on A5 (ELISA project).

Registration is open at https://ssl.vdivde-it.de/registration/2785.

Important dates

25th of March 2019 – Last day for early-bird registration

25th of April 2019 – Registration closes

7th/8th of May 2019 – Conference

Conference program

Plenary 1 (Tue 7th 09:30-10:45): Setting the scene: ERS becomes reality

  • Key Speech Stef Cornelis (Transport & Environment), How EU policies can drive ERS systems in Europe
  • Key Speech Arndt Stephan (TU Dresden), title follows
  • Key Speech Manfred Boltze (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Validators, Demonstrators, Facilitators – The Roles of eHighway Field Tests on the Way to Large-scale Implementation
  • Ferdinand Schöpp (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Electrified? – Right in the thick of things

Welcome by Government representatives (Tue 7th 11:00-12:00)

  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Representative of Swedish Government, name follows
  • Jens Deutschendorf, Secretary of State at the Hessen State Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing

Scientific Session 1 (Tue 7th 13:15-14:45) and 2 (Tue 7th 15:00-16:30)

  • Session status of test tracks (planning / implementation)
  • Session business models / framework conditions
  • Session interaction with energy system
  • Session stakeholder / acceptance
  • parallel: Site Visits

Poster Session (Tue 7th 16:30-18:00), Roundtables (Tue 7th 17:00-17:45 / 17:30-18:15)

  • Poster Session
  • Roundtable on Standardization, hosted by Helena Andersson (Swedish Transport administration) and Michael Lehmann (Fachhochschule Erfurt)
  • Roundtable on Operator’s perspectives, hosted by Tobias Bernecker (Hochschule Heilbronn) and N.N.
  • Roundtable Road administrations, hosted by Hans Säll (NCC) and Achim Reußwig (Hessen Mobil)
  • Roundtable on Public awareness and acceptance, hosted by Uta Burghard (Fraunhofer ISI) and N.N. (Freelance Journalist)
  • Roundtable “ERS: The first test tracks are in operation – which next steps have to follow?”, hosted by Stef Cornelis (Transport & Environment) and Florian Hacker (Öko-Institut)

Conference Dinner (Tue 7th evening)

Plenary 2 (Wed 8th 09:00-10:15): Broadening the horizon: European and Global Perspectives

  • Introduction by Moderator (5 min.)
  • Key Speech Suyash Sing (Grenovators Motor Work Pvt. Ltd.): Current scenario and future road map of electric vehicles in India (15min.)
  • Key Speech Sun Yonghong (Ministry of Transport, People’s Republic of China), title follows
  • Key Speech Renato Mazzoncini (Politecnico Milano), title follows
  • Gereon Meyer (VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH): Progress in Electric Mobility Worldwide

Scientific Session 3 (Wed 8th 10:30-12:00) und 4 (Wed 8th 13:15-14:45)

  • Session simulations along test tracks
  • Session system perspective and strategic development
  • Session Techno-economic analysis
  • Session Large-Scale implementation
  • parallel: Site Visits

Plenary 3 (Wed 8th 15:00-16:15): Launching large-scale implementations: What are next steps, what do we need?

  • Key Speech Jan Pettersson (Swedish Transport administration): Setting up a 20-30km ERS pilot in Sweden. (15min.)
  • Panel discussion with Elna Holmberg (Volvo), Andrea Schön (Schenker), Axel Hausen (EnBW) and Jan Pettersson (Swedish Transport administration)
  • Short Reports from the Roundtables

Closing Plenary (Wed 8th 16:15-17:00) final remarks and invitation to ERS conference 2020

The conference is organized on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Name: Stef Cornelis, Transport & Environment, Manager Clean Trucks

Biography: Stef joined T&E in March 2016 after three internships at the Belgian Embassy, Flanders Investment & Trade, both in Berlin, and a one year internship at PubAffairs Bruxelles. He joined T&E’s freight and climate team and works on cleaner trucks. Stef completed two master degrees in history and EU studies at the KU Leuven and Università Roma Tre.

Abstract: Electronic road systems are getting traction in countries such as Sweden, Germany and Italy. But in the end we need a European solution to decarbonise international road freight. The European Union can and should play an important role in promoting cross-border zero emission trucking by for example supporting infrastructure projects in Member States and make sure that trucks can travel cross-border without facing any barriers. In this presentation we will discuss the current and upcoming EU initiatives that can play a key role in the deployment of ERS in Europe.

Name: Arndt Stephan, TU Dresden

Biography: TBD

Title: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Name: Manfred Boltze (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.), Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering. Full Professor, Chair of the Institute.

Biography: Manfred Boltze is professor for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) since 1997. He studied civil engineering and received a doctor degree for his work on traffic signal control in 1988. His research covers a broad range of traffic and transport related topics, such as planning methodology, traffic management, Intelligent Transport Systems, road traffic signals, traffic safety, and transport and health. 35 doctoral students and more than 200 Diploma and Master students graduated under his supervision. 190 publications, memberships in editorial and advisory boards, and many other activities indicate his comprehensive commitment to promote research and education in his discipline. Since 2017, he is involved in the eHighway field test ELISA.

Title: Validators, Demonstrators, Facilitators – The Roles of eHighway Field Tests on the Way to Large-scale Implementation.

Abstract: Based on Technology Readiness Levels, the presentation summarizes gained achievements in developing the eHighway system and explains the principle role of field tests as validators and demonstrators. Using the ELISA project as example, it highlights research questions to be answered by implementing the eHighway in a real road and traffic operations environment, in real transport companies and logistic processes, and in a real electric power system. The field tests also contribute with complementary developments, e.g. procedures for planning, building approval, and tenders, for emergency operations and for electricity billing. Finally, the role of the field tests as facilitators is addressed. They create awareness and provide opportunities to experience the eHighway. Therefore, to promote acceptance, careful system implementation is as important as public relations management during the test. The test sites are also a nucleus for system extensions, and by analyzing real use cases, they help identifying further potential users and needs for system amendments.

Title: Current scenario and future road map of electric vehicles in India

Name: Suyash Sing, Grenovators Motor Work Private Limited (A startup recognized company by Govt. of India) Founder & CEO

Abstract: India is aggressively working to adopt electric vehicles at a faster rate by several schemes and methods.  One of them is by giving direct subsidy to end customer on all types of vehicles, setting up slow & fast charging stations within the city premises and also on highways of the selected cities, giving exemptions on road taxes, parking fees, registration fee etc. which is attracting customers and corporates to use the electric mobility for saving the carbon footprints and also in the overall operational cost. With a target to achiev3e 100% of electric mobility by 2030 India has approved the 2nd phase of their subsidy scheme i.e. Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) and has allocated 10,000 crores INR for the period three years 2019-2022. With a surplus amount of electricity many Government organizations are working to establish battery swapping stations for two-wheelers and three-wheelers which will be used by fleet management companies across the different cities of India. A solar based charging infrastructure is also been planted for electric vehicles by a Public sector Unit of India. In every city of India, buses used for public transport are being replaced by new electric buses. Many pilot projects have been initiated by several municipal corporations. Govt of India is working on priority to make the public transport electric from Govt. offices to public transports and other fleet management like home delivery in e-commerce, vegetables, food etc.

Biography: Suyash Singh is the Founder and Chief Executive Office of Grenovators Motor Work Private Limited, a start-up recognized company in India. He holds the majority share in the company. Mr. Singh is a very active member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) India and mentor for several engineering college teams participating in National & International events. Mr. Suyash Singh has very vast exposure about the electric vehicles scenario in India and has published several research studies on the same. He is working on EV projects, 1. Converting the old conventional vehicles into battery operated electric vehicles with a retro-fitment kit for Indian smart city project and 2. Developing three-wheelers for smart city. He is working with their partner companies across the globe to introduce the ERS in India for three-wheelers and heavy vehicles. Suyash has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from India’s first Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management a Govt. of India Institute.

Title: TBD

Name: Sun Yonghong, Ministry of Transport, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: TBD

Biography: TBD

Title: The technical uptake of E-Highway concept

Name: Renato Mazzoncini, Politecnico di Milano, Adjunct Professor

Abstract: In light of the various pilot projects launched in Sweden and Germany, Italy is also looking with interest at e-highways, which could become a new important European infrastructure capable of contributing heavily to the goal of decarbonising freight transport. The Milan-Brescia section, part of the East-West European corridor, is one of the busiest routes in Italy, and the new Brebemi motorway is a candidate to realize the first Italian section of ERS. The European coordination is fundamental and the quick decision about the technological standards to be adopted to avoid the risk of non-inoperability which unfortunately already characterizes European railways. The presentation will illustrate the first considerations about feeding models and vehicle-infrastructure mechanical interactions.

Biography: Since September 2017 Professor at Polytechnic of Milan for the course “Mobility- Infrastructures and Services”. Freelance and senior advisor for mobility systems management and investments in infrastructures. Former CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A. – Italian Railways Company. Graduated in Electro Technical Engineering at the Polytechnic in Milan in 1992. Involved on public transport systems since 1992 as electric designer in the railway sector for Transystem Spa (AnsaldoTrasporti Group). Manager in Public Transport Companies, both private and municipally from 1998 to 2012. In 2012 he has been engaged by Ferrovie dello Stato as CEO of the BusItalia, bus company of the Group. On the 1st December 2015 the Italian Government, appointed him General Manager and Managing Director of FS, at the age of 47 he was the youngest CEO of the history of FS.

Title: Setting up a 20-30km ERS pilot in Sweden

Name: Jan Pettersson, Director at department for strategical development, Swedish Transport administration

Abstract: The Swedish Transport Administration have received a governmental assignment to investigate and report the conditions for whether electric road systems may be part of the state owned road network (4). The assignment includes the following steps

  • costs, tax/fee models, financing models and taking into account the current funding principles for state transport infrastructure
  • environmental and climate impact in a lifecycle perspective including impact on landscapes as well as valuable natural and cultural environments
  • need for changes in regulations
  • spread of technology, as well as
  • impact on the ability to achieve the transport policy objectives

In the roadmap one of the tasks is to deploy an ERS-pilot. The focus for a pilot is not the technique since the technique that will be used must at least have reached TRL 7. The purpose is to deploy an ERS section and analyse legal aspects, planning procedures, accesscontrol, power supply, energy measurement, charging etc.

Biography: Jan Petterson works as a Director at the Department for Strategic Development at the Swedish Transport Administration. Jan Pettersson is the Head of the Swedish national program for electrified roads in Sweden. He coordinates the Swedish – German partnership on behalf of the Swedish ministry. Mr Jan Pettersson have a long experience as Executive Director for both roads and railways regarding maintenance and operations. He is also active in european benchmarkning projects within PRIME (Plattform for Railway Infrastructure managers across Europe) and CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads). Mr Jan Pettersson is a civil engineer and studied at the Royal Technical University in Stockholm

Panel discussion

  • Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Schenker AG, Sr Mgr Carbon Controlling and Consulting
  • Axel Hausen, EnBW
  • Elna Holmberg, Group Trucks Technology, Vice President Volvo Group Electromobility
  • Jan Pettersson, Director at department for strategical development, Swedish Transport administration

Name: Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Schenker AG, Sr Mgr Carbon Controlling and Consulting

Biography: Andrea Dorothea Schoen holds a Diploma in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Political Science. As officer of corporate management she is in charge of DB Schenker’s Climate Protection program, focussing on carbon controlling, related carrier management and customer consulting. Andrea Schoen has been Project Partner and Advisory Body member in various EU projects on transport emissions. She represents DB Schenker in CCWG (Clean Cargo Working Group), SAFA (Sustainable Air Freight Alliance), GLEC (Global Logistics Emissions Council) as well as in DIN, CEN and ISO standardization bodies. In her daily work Andrea Schoen works closely with carriers and customers to support them in their climate emission reduction targets.

Name: Axel Hausen Dipl.-Ing., Head of Product Management (incl. Marketing and Business Development), MBA, Netze BW GmbH (as part of EnBW AG)

Biography: Management & Business Development für Critical Infrastructure Services includes:

eMobility Charging Infrastructure / Electric Road Systems, Street Lightning, Utility Services (build, run and service grids of power, gas, water & heat), Grid Connection Services B2B (commercial, industrial, renewable energy), Communal Street Asset Management

Name: Elna Holmberg, Group Trucks Technology, Vice President Volvo Group Electromobility

Biography: Dr. Elna Holmberg is Vice President Volvo Group Electromobility. She received a PhD in Combustion physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. After graduation, she joined Volvo as CFD specialist.  Holmberg has since hold various management positions in automotive industry, in the areas of product development, product design and governmental affairs, both for cars and for heavy vehicles.  She also worked as director for Swedish Electromobility Centre, a national centre of excellence for hybrid and electric vehicles and charging.

Scientific Session 1 (Tue 7th 13:15-14:45) and 2 (Tue 7th 15:00-16:30)

  • Status of test tracks (planning / implementation)
  • Business models / framework conditions
  • Interaction with energy system
  • Stakeholder / acceptance

Scientific Session 3 (Wed 8th 10:30-12:00) and 4 (Wed 8th 13:15-14:45)

  • Simulations along test tracks
  • System perspective and strategic development
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Large-Scale implementation

Poster Session (Tue 7th 16:30-18:00)

Posters to be announced

The call for presentations is closed! 

We invite researchers to submit proposals for presentations as extended abstracts of maximum 1,500 words. Please use the provided template for your abstract and follow the outline given there (summary, research question, methodology, results). Please also indicate who will give the oral presentation. Accepted contributions will be available to the audience of the conference if authors do not explicitly disagree. The following topics are particularly suitable for the conference:

ERS Technology

  • Assessment of possible vehicle configurations
  • System tests and evaluation of ERS technologies
  • Standardization process
  • Potential synergies with other drive systems and across vehicle types

Implementation and Upscaling of ERS

  • Experience from field tests: construction, operation, communication
  • User acceptance: expectations and barriers for technology adoption
  • Applications, business models and market potential
  • Scenarios, models and feasibility analysis for large-scale implementation
  • Roles and responsibilities within future ERS systems
  • International outlook on ERS development and strategies

Impacts of ERS

  • Environmental, societal & industrial impacts
  • Energy system integration
  • Embedding ERS in climate and traffic policy strategies

Abstracts should be submitted as both word and PDF files to ers-conference@erneuerbar-mobil.de. Please use the provided template. The scientific committee of the conference will review all submitted abstracts before acceptance; important selection criteria are novelty, clarity and discussion of possible uncertainties. The scientific committee will also assign the contributions to the oral or dialogue sessions.

Important dates

6th of March 2019  – Deadline for extended abstract submission

18th of March 2019 – Notification of acceptance

The venue this year is House of Logistics & Mobility, next to Frankfurt international airport.

More inforamation about suitable hotels will come shortly.

The first conference in June 2017 was held in Sandviken. Sweden was the first country in the world to demonstrate electric road systems for heavy duty trucks on the public road network. A visit to the two kilometre demonstration site on the E16 was the first point of the program when 80 experts and researchers from seven countries got together at Högbo Bruk outside Sandviken.

The international community is growing, which was evident at the second conference in June 2018   held in Stockholm Arlanda. The number of participants grew to 119 participants from 11 different countries, including India, Japan and the United States, besides a large crowd from Sweden and Germany. The number of presentations increased from 15 to 22.