ERS Conference 2019: Plenary Sessions

Moderator: Dr. Urs Maier, Agora Verkehrswende, Senior Associate Freight Transport

Biography: Urs Maier is an expert on freight transport and the integration of the transport and the energy sector. At Agora Verkehrswende he is responsible for handling topics related to electric vehicles and power grids, electricity-based fuels, and the strengthening of rail transport.

Prior to Agora Verkehrswende, Urs was employed at the environmental organization “Deutsche Umwelthilfe” and the Universtity of Luxembourg’s Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning. He received a PhD for thesis work on path dependencies and green technology in the automobile sector and holds a Diplom degree in Geography. He studied in Cologne, Bonn, and Gothenburg.

Plenary Session 1: Setting the scene – ERS becomes reality

Keynote speaker: 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.

Title: How EU policies can drive ERS systems in Europe

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.


Keynote speaker: Arnd Stephan (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.), Technische Universität Dresden, Chair of Electric Railways. Full Professor

Biography: Professor Arnd Stephan holds the chair of Electric Railways at the TU Dresden since 2008. He studied electrical engineering/ electrical railways at the Hochschule für Verkehrswesen (University of Transport) in Dresden and finished his doctoral studies with the awarding of the doctoral title in 1995. Since 1993 he worked in the international railway business and became a certified expert of the German Federal Railway Authority EBA for electrical installations, magnetic levitation trains and converter systems. His areas of expertise include rolling stock technology, electric and hybrid drive systems and railway power supply as well as approval processes and railway safety issues. Since 2012, he is involved in the development and testing of the eHighway system.

Title: Perspectives for electric road traffic – chances and challenges

Abstract: Electric transportation systems exists since more than 140 years – but currently they are successful only on rails. To fulfil the efficiency demands and the environmental responsibility of the worldwide growing road transport a promising solution could be the highway electrification based on railway technology – using contact lines and hybrid trucks with electric power train. This results in a new kind of a road transportation system with larger infrastructure parts in public areas. As the history of railway electrification shows, an intensive period of design, testing, validation and approval is necessary to achieve systems availability, safety and performance. In Germany it was decided to take up this challenge using the long-term experience and the engineering potentials of the railway and automotive sector as well, supported by a Federal funding.

The talk will highlight the special chances and challenges of road electrification from the view of an electric railway expert.


Keynote speaker: Renato Mazzoncini, Politecnico di Milano, Adjunct Professor

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: The technical uptake of E-Highway concept

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.


Keynote speaker: Ferdinand Schöpp, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering

Biography: After his study of Traffic and Transport Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Ferdinand Schöpp (25) has begun to deepen his research activities as a scientific associate at the Institute of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering of TU Darmstadt. Even if his previous orientation was based on the sector of aviation, he nowadays focuses intensively on the questions of interest related to society as a whole within the research project ELISA – Electrified, innovative heavy traffic on highways. His current investigations deal with the evaluation if and how affected persons assess the innovative technology of catenaries on highways.

Title: Electrified? – Right in the thick of things!


Plenary Session 2: Broadening the horizon – worldwide technology developments and demonstration projects

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

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 company NCC from Sweden 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: Scope of ERS adoption as a futuristic electric mobility solution for India

Abstract: India is aggressively working on to adopt electric mobility at a faster rate in a huge number of several schemes and technological developments are taking place. One of them is by giving a direct subsidy to end customer on all types of vehicles, setting up charging infrastructure within the city premises and also on the highways of the selected cities, exemptions on road taxes, parking fees, registration fee, etc. which is attracting customers and corporate to use the electric mobility for saving the carbon footprints and also in the overall operational cost. The Electric road system (ERS) will be the most economic development, to be adopted by India as an advanced electric mobility solution for 100 smart cities. This drive helps in converting several public transports, logistics, last mile connecting vehicles etc. on ERS. It can be used well during the taxi ranks at the airports, metro stations, railway stations etc. and also on the regular routes of the Government offices & public transport networks. With a target to achieve 100 % of electric mobility by 2030, Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) and has allocated 10 000 crores INR for the period three years 2019-2022 towards the advancement of electric mobility. This helps ERS, to get introduced in India for the commercial development. Several ERS corridors can be built for different types of vehicles in India.


Keynote speaker: Jianjun Zhang, Director of Technology Administration Division, Highway Department, Ministry of Transport, P.R. China

Biography: Mr. Jianjun Zhang is the Director of Technology Administration Division of Highway Department, Ministry of Transport P.R. China. From 1990 to 2007, he is mainly engaged in review the highway construction project, manage the design industry, set technical standards, and international cooperation items. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the deputy commander of the construction headquarters of the Yangtze River Highway Bridge in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. From 2009 to 2013, he worked in the Engineering Management Division of Highway Department, Ministry of Transport, and was responsible for the coordinated management of the construction of key highway construction projects such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Yalu River Bridge. From 2013 to 2017, he served as the director of Construction Market Supervision Division of Highway Department, Ministry of Transport. From 2018 to now, he is the Director of Technology Administration Division of Highway Department, Ministry of Transport

Title: Current status and progress of Chinese Highways‘ Smart and Electric Transformation

Abstract: By 2018, China’s road mileage has exceeded 4.7 million kilometers and the highway mileage reach 137 000 kilometers, which rank first in the word. The highway network basically cover all cites with a population more than 200 000. In recent years, the transportation industry has actively implemented the requirements of the ecological civilization construction and energy-saving and environmental protection policies. The construction of a sustainable transportation system is mainly focus on low carbon and intelligent transportation., and the Ministry of Transport has issued “Opinions on Implementing Green Highway Construction” and “Notice on Accelerating Pilots of the New Generation of National Traffic Control Networks and Intelligent Transportation”. The Ministry of Transport has successively carried out the pollution control of diesel trucks, the promotion and use of clean energy vehicles, the integration of internet-based traffic big data, the intelligent construction of road infrastructure, and cooperative technology of autonomous driving and cooperative vehicle infrastructure system (CVIS), strive to build safe, convenient, efficient, green and economical high quality road transport systems.


Keynote speaker: 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.


Keynote speaker: Gereon Meyer, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Deputy Head of Department Future Mobility and Europe

Biography: Dr Gereon Meyer, Deputy Head of the Future Mobility and Europe Department of VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining VDI/VDE-IT in 2007, he was a research associate at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (USA) and a visiting scientist with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, San Jose, CA (USA) as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (USA). At VDI/VDE-IT, Dr. Meyer is an expert for the electrification and automation of the transport system and the related enabling technologies. He serves as an Operating Agent of Task 1 “Information Exchange” in the Technology Collaboration Programme Hybrid and Electric Vehicles of the IEA.

Title: Progress in Electric Mobility Worldwide


Plenary Session 3: Launching large-scale implementations – What are next steps, what do we need?

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

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 benchmarking 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

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

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, access control, power supply, energy measurement, charging etc.


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

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.

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 for Critical Infrastructure Services including 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

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.