1st Electric Road Systems Conference 2017

14-15 June

Högbo Brukshotell, Sandviken, Sweden

The Swedish research and innovation platform for electric roads is arranging the first dedicated international conference on the topic. The venue is in Sandviken where Europe’s first Electric Road System (ERS) implementation on a public road is located. The 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. The conference program consist of key-notes and research result presentations, mixed with demonstration activities and industry panels related to all aspects of ERS.

For more information regarding conference program, venue, and the call for presentations, please refer to the tabs below.

For late registration please contact Helena Fahlstedt, helena.fahlstedt (at)


The conference program will include three sessions with oral presentation and one poster session.

Session – Strategy and policy

ERS in a Technology-neutral Policy Environment
Julius Jöhrens, Julius Rücker, Hinrich Helms
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Heidelberg, Germany

Electric Road Systems: The importance of technology sharing
Francisco J. Márquez-Fernández, Gabriel Domingues-Olavarria, Lars Lindgren and Mats Alaküla
Lund University and Swedish Electro mobility Centre

Repurposing the Electric Road as an In Motion Charging System for Battery Electric Trucks
Roger Bedell, Opbrid Charging Systems, Furrer+Frey AG, Bern, Switzerland

Traffic operations and electric road systems
Joram Langbroek and Joel Franklin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Jubin Jacob and Gerdien Klunder, TNO

Business case for electric roads
Håkan Sundelin, Ann-Charlotte Mellquist, Marcus Linder, Martin Gustavsson, Conny Börjesson and Stefan Pettersson, RISE Viktoria

Session – ERS technology

Ground-level feeding systems: from rail to road transport
Patrick Duprat, Jean-Luc Hourtane, Philippe Veyrunes, Alstom, France

Analysis of a large scale ERS pilot
Christofer Sundström and Håkan Sundelin, RISE Viktoria

Continuous electric energy transfer for heavy road vehicles
Peter Östman and Christian Köbel, Bombardier Primove

Automatic conductive charging of electric cars
Martin Gustavsson and Conny Börjesson, RISE Viktoria
Robert Eriksson and Mats Josefsson, Volvo Cars

Standardization and Regulation approaches towards an interoperable European overhead contact line ERS
Karsten Hunger, DKE Deutsche Kommission Elektrotechnik, Frankfurt, Germany
Michael Lehmann, Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany
Niklas Petersson, Scania CV AB

Session – Impact and benefit

Impact on CO2 emissions and infrastructure cost from electric road systems – The case of Norway and Sweden
Ludwig Thorson, Maria Taljegard, Mikael Odenberger and Filip Johnsson, Chalmers University of Technology

Energy demand from a highway using ERS – A case study in Sweden
Darijan Jelica, Maria Taljegard, Ludwig Thorson and Filip Johnsson, Chalmers University of Technology

Fuel Displacement Potential of ERS on the European Motorway Network
Jakob Rogstadius, Christer Thorén and Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt, Scania CV AB
Håkan Sundelin, RISE Viktoria

Electric Road Systems from a Strategic Sustainability Perspective
Jesko Schulte and Henrik Ny, Blekinge Institute of Technology

Electric Road Systems in Driving Simulator
Arne Nåbo, VTI – Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute

Poster session

E-WAY program, Jacques Van Wittenberghe, O.I.E – Observatory for Innovation in Energy, France

Energy system model for Electric Roads, Anders Malmquist, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

ElinGo project

FABRIC project

Please note that this program is still subject to change.

Wednesday 14th June

10.00 – 10.45 Optional: Presentation Region Gävleborg – electric highway E16 at Högbo Brukshotell
11.00 – 11.15 Bus from Högbo to Elväg E16
11.45 – 12.00 Bus from Elväg E16 to Högbo
11.00 – 13.00 Registration at Högbo Brukshotell
11.30 – 13.00 Lunch buffé is open
13.00 – 13.20 Opening of conference with Agneta Wargsjö
13.20 – 13.40 Key note speaker Dr Jacob Teter
13.40 – 14.00 Key note speaker Dr Håkan Sundelin
14.00 – 15.30 Presentations session – Strategies and policies
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee and poster session
16.00 – 17.30 Presentations session – ERS Technology
17.30 – 17.45 Closing of day 1
17.45 – 19.00 Posters / Recreational activities
19.30 Mingle with aperitif in the piano bar followed by dinner

Thursday 15th June

08.30 – 09.00 Key note speaker Dr David Christensen

09.00 – 10.30 Presentations session – Impact and benefit

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee and poster session

11.00 – 11.20 Key note speaker Gereon Meyer

11.20 – 12.00 Industry panel

12.00 – 12.30 Conclusions

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 15.15 Optional: Bus to Högbo Arlanda Drive Lab

15.15 – 16.00 Presentation Elways – eRoadArlanda and coffee

16.00 – 16.15 Bus to test track

16.15 – 17.15 Visit

17.15 – 17.45 Bus to Terminal 5 at Arlanda airport

Agneta Wargsjö, Director Strategic Development, Swedish Transport Administration

Title: ERS as a potential solution for fossile free transport system

Abstract: A sustainable society is dependent on a well working transport system with a low environmental footprint. At the same time, analysis of future trends shows that transport operation in tonne-km will increase, for all modes of transport. Road freight transport faces a huge challenge in breaking the fossil dependency. Despite the planned avoid, shift and improve measures the challenge remains. Additional measures within the road transport sector would be needed to liberate the road freight transport sector from fossil fuels. Electric road systems could be one of these additional measures.

Biography: Agneta Wargsjö is the Director Strategic Development at the Swedish Transport Administration. She is responsible for future and trend analysis, strategic planning, research and innovation, international affairs and is member of the executive management board at the administration. Agneta has a long experience within strategic planning of infrastructure and has been a member of TRB Committee, CEDR task group research, PIARC group on Good governance of road administration and Performance of transport administrations. Agneta is also the steering committee chair of the Swedish pre-commercial procurement of electric road systems which is responsible for the electric road systems at Sandviken and Arlanda.

Dr. Jacob Teter, Energy Analyst, Internationa Energy Agency

Title: How ERS is a key technology enabling CO2-reduction of road traffic and reaching the 2 degree goal. Technologies and events that take us to the right future

Abstract: The relevance of transport, and within transport road freight, for the global energy sector cannot be overstated. At around 52 million barrel of oil per day (mb/d) [in primary energy], transport accounts for more than half of global oil demand, and hence emits nearly one-quarter of global total energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Sectoral oil demand and emissions are both growing rapidly, and within developed countries, nearly all of this growth is attributable to road freight. Trucks constitute a key segment of global oil demand: oil use by trucks is second only to that of passenger vehicles (which consume around 24 mb/d) and nearly as high as all oil use by the industry sector. As a result, road freight transport alone emits 2.3 Gt of CO2 today, or 7% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. Indeed, in both IEA the Reference Technology Scenario (RTS) and the 2-Degree Scenario (2DS), energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road freight are expected to surpass those of passenger road vehicles in the early 2030s to become the greatest single sectoral energy consumer and GHG emitter within transport. Relying upon recent work to update and calibrate historical data on global road freight fleets and trends in truck energy efficiency, sales and stocks, vehicle and service (tonne-kilometre) activity, as well as revised demand projections for the goods delivery services provided by road freight, this presentation seeks to outline the measures that would be needed to realize 2DS in the sector, and to highlight the role that Electric Road Systems (ERS) play in the 2DS toward decarbonisation targets by mid-century and in the latter half of the century.

Biography: Dr. Jacob Teter is a Transport Energy Analyst for the International Energy Agency. His focus at the IEA is on modeling technologies and policies using the IEA Mobility Model. He holds a Ph. D. in Transportation Technology and Policy. Jacob has written and published various papers on transportation policy and climate change. He is the desk officer for Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC) and Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) Implementing Agreements.

Dr. Håkan Sundelin, Senior Researcher, RISE Viktoria

Title: ERS research in Sweden and around the world

Abstract: Electric road systems (ERS) have the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector. ERS are today tested on public roads in multiple locations around the world. The basic technologies of ERS has been developed through various research projects across the globe. The presentation will give a brief overview of research activities around the world and provide a deeper presentation of past and present research projects in Sweden. The purpose and goal of the Swedish Research and Innovation Platform for Electric Roads will be presented and finally future challenges will be highlighted.

Biography: Dr. Håkan Sundelin is a senior researcher in electromobility projects at RISE Viktoria. He is currently the project leader of the Research and Innovation Platform for Electric Roads in Sweden. He is also work package leader of the research project ERSET which aims at creating analysis methods and tools to support optimal implementation of Electric Road Systems (ERS) in the Transport system. He has a long industrial background from Scania where he has been evaluating and testing the concept of electric roads using both inductive and conductive power transfer in many different research projects.

Dr. David Christensen, Utah State University, Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT)

Title: Inductive ERS: concept, economics, test results and upcoming pilots in the US

Abstract: Inductive technologies for electric road systems offer the potential for cross-compatibility from light to heavy-duty vehicles on the same roadway. This talk will provide updates on inductive ERS from the university, industry and government partners at the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT). Topics covered include an overview of the concept and technology options for roadway integration, a summary of cost-benefit techno-economic analysis, hardware results from the SELECT test track, and plans for upcoming pilot projects in the US.

Biography: Dr. David Christensen holds a professional practice position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Utah State University and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT). He leads the Center’s strategic direction and commercialization activities as well as coordinates research collaborations between academic partners, government funding agencies, and industry members. He is currently coordinating multiple efforts between SELECT and its partners to launch pilot projects for inductive electric roads in the US.

Dr. Gereon Meyer, Head of Strategic Projects, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

Title: European Roadmap Electrification of Road Transport

Abstract: Jointly edited by the European Technology Platforms ERTRAC, EPoSS and ETIP SNET, the European Roadmap Electrification of Road Transport provides background information and R&D&I roadmaps for the electrification of the different vehicle categories. Its 2009 and 2012 editions have been the major source of recommendations for the calls by the European Green Cars Initiative in FP7, followed by the European Green Vehicles Initiative in Horizon 2020. In early 2017, the 3rd edition of the document was published. It extends the outlook until 2030 and roadmap distinguishes four areas of action, (a) operation System dependent EVs in the urban environment (b) user-friendly affordable EV passenger cars + infrastructures, (c) no compromise electric urban bus system, and (d) sustainable electrified long-distance trucks and coaches.

Biography: Dr. Gereon Meyer, Head of Strategic Projects with the Future Technologies and Europe department of VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik in Berlin, earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining VDI/VDE-IT in 2007 he was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and researcher at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (USA), Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, San Jose, CA (USA) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (USA). At VDI/VDE-IT, Dr. Meyer is an expert for electronics and ICT for the automobile of the future. He is the chairman of the Int. Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications (AMAA), and leads the activities of the Working Group Automotive of the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS). Dr. Meyer is a member of the industry delegation of the PPP European Green Vehicles Initiative, an Operating Agent in charge of information exchange in the Technology Collaboration Programme Hybrid and Electric Vehicles of the International Energy Agency, and the editor of the Springer book series Lecture Notes in Mobility. Dr. Meyer also serves as rapporteur for the European Roadmap Electrification of Road Transport.

What are the future challenges? What activities are ongoing? What research is needed?

Those questions and many more will be addressed to the panel.

Gunnar Asplund, CEO, Elways

Anders Bylund, Head of Rail and Road Electrification,  Siemens AB

Magnus Ernström, Strategist, Region Gävleborg

Monica Ringvik, Director Research & Innovation Policy, Volvo Group

Philippe Veyrunes, SRS Solution Manager (Infrastructure solutions for Electric vehicles), Alstom,

Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt, Chief Engineer Electromobility, Scania CV AB

Peter Östman, Sales Manager, Bombardier Primove GmbH

Högbo Brukshotell is beautifully located on the countryside just outside Gävle/Sandviken, approximately 1,5 hour (by car) from Stockholm/Arlanda airport. Högbo is a unique combination of nature, activities and cultural history. The facility offers restaurant, bar, conference centre, hotel rooms, pool & relaxation area, visitor’s shop, free wifi and more.

For more information about how to get there please visit the Högbo Brukshotell website.

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 2 or 3 pages each. The conference will NOT publish any article or other elaboration of submitted abstracts.

Topics covered include ERS aspects such as:

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

Extended abstracts should include:

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

All submitted abstracts will go through a review process. The conference language is English.

Your extended abstract should be submitted with your conference registration, by April 30th at the latest. Please use the link above.