2nd Electric Road Systems Conference 2018

13-14 June

Arlanda Airport City, Stockholm, Sweden

After a successful first conference in June 2017 , the Swedish research and innovation platform for electric roads is arranging the second dedicated International Conference on Electric Road Systems (ERS) June 13th and 14th 2018. The venue this year is Arlanda Airport City, next to the international airport of Stockholm, where a conductive solution of electric road is located on an existing public road. Rooms are pre-booked at First Hotel Arlanda with walking distance to the conference, more information is found under tab “Venue”.

This conference aims to gather international researchers and experts, to disseminate and discuss cutting edge results from research and pilot projects on the topic of Electric Road Systems, to facilitate and stimulate new collaborations, and to facilitate societal uptake of ERS as a sustainable solution for transport. Therefore, the aim is to bring decision makers, industry and research together in this interdisciplinary conference.

The conference program consists of key-notes and research result presentations and poster presentations, mixed with demonstration activities and industry panels related to all aspects of ERS. The presenters and keynotes can be found in the tabs below.

Emphasis for 2018’s conference is the organizational and business aspects of ERS: How do we go from vision to reality?

The registration site is now open!

  • Early bird conference fee: € 250 (until April 15th)
  • Conference fee: € 350 (from April 16th)
  • Conference fee for participants with podium or poster presentation: € 150 (until April 15th – discount code will be given after approval of abstract)


Please observe that the program is preliminary

Wednesday 13th June

11:00                 13:00                 Lunch

13:00                 13:15                 Welcome, start official programme

13:15                 13:45                 Key note

13:45                 14:45                 Session 1: Decision processes and stakeholders

14:45                 15:15                 Key note

15:15                 15:45                 Swedish fika

15:45                 17:00                 Session 2: Energy and environment

17:00                 17:30                 Poster + mingle

17:30                 18:00                 Key note

18:00                 19:00                 Poster + mingle

19:00                 22:00                 Dinner

Thursday 14th June

09:00                 10:00                 Session 3: Test and demonstrations

10:00                 10:30                 Key note

10:30                 11:00                 Swedish fika + poster

11:00                 12:15                 Session 4: Network and large scale deployment

12:15                 12:45                 Panel discussion

12:45                 14:00                 Lunch

14:00                 14:30                 Introduction to demonstration of eRoad Arlanda

14:30                 16:30                 Demonstration

16:30                                            End of the conference

Title: Status quo and Prospects for ERS in Germany

Name: Dr. Michael Lüken, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

Abstract: Three demonstration projects with a catenary-based electric road system (ERS) on public roads constitute a major task in Germany’s current activities for decarbonizing the transport sector. These ERS demonstration projects (approx. 10 km length each) are intended to lay the foundations for a decision on a rollout of ERS by generating real-life experiences. On the background of stringent national climate targets (reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector by 40 to 42% until 2030, and to almost zero by 2050), realistic measures for a fast electrification of road freight transport have priority over testing further technology alternatives. Further activities in Germany aim at designing strategies for a network extension and suitable business models. International cooperation and exchange of experiences, as within the German-Swedish partnership, is highly desirable to enhance future prospects for ERS on a European scale.

Biography:  Michael Lüken coordinates the national ERS partnership with Sweden on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. As a technical consultant at the project management agency VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Michael Lüken supervises several ERS funding projects in Germany. Before joining VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik, he coordinated a digital scientific education project at Deutsches Klima-Konsortium. Prior to that, Michael Lüken contributed to the model-based analysis of global climate change mitigation strategies at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research. He holds a Master in Physics and a PhD in Economics.


Title: Preparing for take-off: Analysing ERS from a business model perspective

Name: Stefan Tongur

Abstract: Electric road systems (ERS) are road transportation systems based on technologies that support electric power transfer from roads to vehicles in motion. Transition toward alternative technologies, such as ERS, is necessary in order to achieve the sustainability goals in road transportation. While several studies have emphasized that new business models are necessary in order to commercialize such technologies, they tend to neglect the fact that many of these technologies require socio-technical change, such as investments in alternative infrastructure. Therefore, in his PhD thesis, Stefan examined the relationship between business models and socio-technical change by investigating the development of ERS in Sweden and in Los Angeles, USA. The findings suggest different roles that business models can have in different types of projects when preparing ERS for commercial takeoff: first, new business models were not part of the pilot projects which focused on radical innovation; second, business models were developed in demonstration projects with user interactions; and, third, business models were evaluated, and in this case rejected, in a deployment project aiming to transform the existing socio-technical system. Additionally, the thesis discusses whether or not ERS is likely to take off. Thereby, this research nuances our view of predevelopment processes of a niche innovation before it has actually taken off and improves our understanding of what hinders and enables sustainable transitions.

Biography: Stefan Tongur has studied the evolution of electric road systems (ERS) through case studies in Sweden and LA, and defined the concept of ERS early in 2010.  His work on ERS has been published in academic journals and conferences such as Technovation, Environmental innovation and societal transition, and IEEE conference on Energy, power, and transportation. He holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering and he defended his PhD thesis in April at the department of Industrial economics and management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Currently Stefan is a Senior Researcher at RISE Viktoria and will further explore business models aspects in relation to ERS.


Title: The Swedish national roadmap for ERS

Name: Jan Pettersson, Head of Electric Road Program, Swedish Transport Administration


Heavy goods vehicles are responsible for almost 89% of product volumes transported domestically, while cars are responsible for over 90% of traffic work. Heavy goods vehicles travelling by road are responsible for around 25% of the road transport system’s energy utilisation, and more or less the same percentage of carbon dioxide emissions. The Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) has made a decision on a climate law which will involve a compulsion to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector by at least 70% by 2030, before reaching a zero level in 2045.

The main idea with electric road systems is to reduce the dependency of heavy vehicles on fossil fuels, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and also to ensure good provision of transport for commercial purposes in the fossil-free society of the future. Good provision of transport of this kind must not involve impairment of safety or the cultural or natural environment.

The national roadmap consist of four main parts

  • Market and funding
  • Promote, contribute to and pave the way for a broadened market and greater competition between the transmission systems
  • Prepare and implement a major electric road system pilot
  • Create a long-term plan for the construction and development of electric road systems

Title: Development of Ultra-high Power and High Speed ERS (450 kW charge at 150 km / h)

Name: Takamitsu Tajima, Chief Engineer, Honda R&D, Japan

Abstract: Reducing the amount of CO2 emissions to zero while driving is considered an important goal for the mobility sector in order to achieve a zero CO2 society. With that the background, this research sought to develop a Electric Road System (Dynamic Charge System) from a road line , achieving an unlimited EV cruising range by charging the EV at Ultrahigh power during cruising. This system would help make it possible to finish battery charging in a short time by contact with the EV while cruising and enable drivers to freely cruise their intended routes after charging. This report discusses the study results of a method of building the infrastructure, as well as looking at the actual cruising test results and future outlook. In particular, the research clarified the conditions for achieving an unlimited vehicle cruising range with a 450-kW electric road system. It also demonstrated that this system would allow battery capacities to be greatly reduced and make it possible to secure the battery supply volume and resources. It furthermore showed that even heavy duty trucks can be electrified, something considered challenging up to now.

Biography:  Takamitsu Tajima is  project leader in the development of  ERS at Honda. And Takamitsu is also an organizer of JSAE(Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan)’s ERS technology.  Takamitsu is an experienced project leader for Vehicle module structure, EV system, Chassis system, and Formula-1 car technology. He joined Honda R&D in 2001. Prior to joining Honda, he lectured on Mechatronics at Japanese University, and prior to this worked for Nissan.

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Please observe that the below sessions are preliminary

Session 1: Decision processes and stakeholders

Martin Gustavsson – User perspectives on electric roads
Björn Hasselgren – Industrial dynamics and path dependency – the case of implementing ERS-systems in Sweden
Håkan Sundelin – Architecture of Electric Road System – A first step toward standardization
Qiuchen Wang and Daniel Berlin – Stakeholder Assessment Tool from the ERS Engineering Toolbox; The Case of eRoadArlanda
Julius Rücker – Logistical Constraints on Commercial Applications for ERS

Session 2: Energy and environment

Darijan Jelica – What is the hourly electricity demand when implementing ERS?
Maria Taljegård – Impact of electric road systems on the Swedish-German electricity mix
Till Gnann – The potential market diffusion of hybrid electric trolley trucks and their impact on the energy system in Germany
Anders Malmquist – Energy system model for electric roads
Romain Balieu – Infrastrucural aspect of electrified road systems
Mats Alaküla – Chassis potential measurement and limitation in conductive ERS supplied vehicles

Session 3: Tests and demonstrations

Mikael Hellgren – Evaluation of in-road conductive electric vehicle charging
Gerd Riegelhuth – ELISA / eHighway Hessen: The way from vision to reality
Patrick Duprat – Ground-level feeding system: from rail to road transport
Markus Staub – Accompanying research for the eHighway field trial in Schleswig-Holstein
Jan Nylander – Experiences from two years of operation at the E16 electric highway – From vision to reality

Session 4: Network and large scale deployment

David Christensen – Preliminary Findings from a US Department of Energy ARPA-E Funded Feasibility Analysis of Electric Roadways in Los Angeles County
Tobias Bernecker – Development of a core network for the use of overhead line heavy duty vehicles on the German motorway network
Georgia Savvidou – Electric road systems in the European Union- Potential and assessment of uncertainties based on Swedish case study
Kevin Rolko – Automated Assessment of Highway Track Elements Regarding Their Capability to be Equipped with Catenaries
Sven Kühnel – Benefits and system design of ERS in the context of falling battery costs.
Julius Jöhrens – Identification of economically viable ERS routes in Germany

The venue this year is Arlanda Airport City, next to the international airport of Stockholm.

Rooms have been pre-booked until 15th April at First Hotel Arlanda where the conference dinner will be held. Make your reservation by email or phone and use booking reference “ERS conference” or reference 145950 .

Single rooms cost SEK 1650 per night including breakfast and two-way airport transfer.

The call for presentations is closed! 

The conference program has sessions for oral presentations of research results or results from pilot tests. We invite researchers to submit proposals for presentations as extended abstracts of maximum 1,000 words. This conference will NOT publish any article or other elaboration of submitted abstracts.

Topics covered include ERS aspects such as:

  • Business and financial models for ERS (vehicles, operators and infrastructure suppliers)
  • Impacts of ERS : Environmental, Societal & Industrial
  • Results from pilots, field trials and living labs
  • Technical configurations/solutions
  • System design & Energy system integration
  • Infrastructure aspects

Extended abstracts should include:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Authors and contact details, also indicating who will present
  • Research question, methodology and results

Abstracts should be submitted to All submitted abstracts will go through a review process. The conference language is English.

Important dates

15th of March 2018 – Deadline for extended abstract submission

1st of April 2018 – Notification of acceptance of paper presentation