Thank you all participants for making the 2nd Electric Road Systems Conference to a great event!

The location of the first conference in June 2017 was next to the  ERSdemonstration site with overhead lines and second conference in June 2018 was next to the international airport of Stockholm, where a conductive solution of electric road is located on an public road. The third conference will be next to the German demonstration site with overhead lines which is under construction.

Electric Road Systems Conference, May 07 –08, 2019

House of Logistics & Mobility, Frankfurt

We will provide you with more information and call for papers by the end of this year!

Wednesday 13th June

10:00                 Registration opens at First Hotel Arlanda Airport

11:00                 Lunch buffet at First Hotel Arlanda Airport

Walk to conference venue Training Partner

13:00                 Welcome + Key notes

Jan Pettersson – Trafikverket The Swedish national roadmap for ERS and

Gina Ytteborg – Statens Vegvesen ERS in Norway

13:45                 Presentation session 1: Decision processes and stakeholders


14:45                 Swedish Fika

15:15                 Key note Takamitsu Tajima – Development of Ultra-high Power and High Speed ERS (450 kW charge at 150 km/h)

15:45                 Presentation session 2: Energy and environment

17:15                 Poster session + mingle

17:45                 Key note Michael Lüken – Status quo and Prospects for ERS in Germany

18:15                 Poster session + mingle

19:30                 Dinner at First Hotel Arlanda Airport

Thursday 14th June

09:00                 Presentation session 3: Tests and  demonstrations

10:00                 Key note Stefan Tongur – Preparing for take-off: Analysing ERS from a business model perspective

10:30                 Swedish Fika

11:00                 Presentation session 4: Network and large scale deployment

12:15                 Panel discussion and conclusion

12:45                 Lunch buffet at First Hotel Arlanda Airport

14:00                 Introduction e-Road Hans Säll and Stefan Hörnefeldt – Installation work eRoad Arlanda

14:30                 Site visit e-road Arlanda

16:30                 End of conference

Title: TBD

Name: Gina Ytteborg, Head of R&D and innovation, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Abstract: Norway has high ambitions when it comes to cutting greenhouse gases and is a leading country in the introduction of electric cars in the private market. The concept of the world’s first fully electric ferry Ampere, demonstrates the possibilities for industrial and technology development towards the future, it demonstrates that zero emission is possible and that it is possible for public customers to go ahead as demanding customers. This is however, not enough to reach the important goals stated in the National Transport Plan. A mix of energy sources, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology deveopment in small and large companies and  public-private partnership is essential to solve the future transport and climate challenges

Biography: Gina Ytteborg is Head of R&D and innovation in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Gina has 20 years of experience from various positions in the energy industry within HSE and environmental management, R&D and technology development including for instance offshore water cleaning systems and carbon capture and storage technology. She was for several years heading up the Arctic R&D and technology development section in a Norwegian oil and gas company. The last three years she has been leading the coordination and further development of the research and innovation efforts in the Norwegian road and transport sector, including preparations for the transportation system of the future. She holds a Master in Chemistry.


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 system

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 coordinate 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 and responsible for european benchmarkning projects within PRIME (Plattform for Railway Infrastructure managers across Europe) and CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads).

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.

The panel will consist of:

Tom Nørbech, Senior advisor, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Michael Lüken, Research associate, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

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

Hans Säll, Senior Vice President and Head of Business development, NCC Infra

Anna Lindholm, Manager Electromobility, AB Volvo.

Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt,  Chief Engineer Emobility, Powertrain Development, Scania

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.

How to get there

Adress for registration and First Hotel Arlanda Airport: Pionjärvägen 81, 195 61 Arlandastad

Conference venue: Training Partner Nordic AB 195 61 Arlandastad (next to First Hotel)

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 59.610566 | Longitude: 17.895267

Google maps link

By car

From Uppsala:

E4 south towards Stockholm, exit 181 (Trafikplats Arlanda)

From Stockholm:

E4 north towards Uppsala, exit 180 (Trafikplats Märsta)

By train

From Uppsala/Stockholm:

Coming from Uppsala or Stockholm, you can take the train to Märsta. From Märsta, you can take bus 571 or 571X towards Eurostop (get off at the bus stop Pionjärvägen). The trip takes approximately 10-15 minutes and buses depart 3 times per hour during off-peak hours (’29, ’44 and ’59). From there, it is a five minute walk to the venue.

For public transport itineraries within Stockholm region, please check the website of SL: For long-distance train information, please check

By plane from Stockholm Arlanda:

Coming from Stockholm Arlanda, you can take the yellow shuttle buses between the terminal and First Hotel. The buses depart every 40 minutes and the trip takes approximately 10 minutes.

Terminal 5:       Terminal 4:       Terminal 2&3

09:37                 09:39                 09:41

10:17                 10:19                 10:21

10:57                 10:59                 11:01

11:37                 11:39                 11:41

12:17                 12:19                 12:21

12:57                 12:59                 13:01


The buses depart from Bus Stop 11 at Terminal 4 and bus stop 13 att Terminal 5.

The buses depart from Bus Stop 7-8 at Terminal 2.

Please note that after the conference on June 14th, buses will depart from the conference venue going to the Arlanda test track for a field study after which the buses will continue to Terminal 5 at Arlanda International Airport.

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