A new innovation partnership between Sweden and Germany was launched during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Sweden. The partnership includes mobility and electrical roads, areas where Scania’s innovations are already being put to the test. The joint announcement by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Chancellor Merkel of ‘Innovation and Cooperation for a Sustainable Future’ aims to strengthen the two nations’ sustainability, economic and technological competitiveness, and covers four areas, including mobility and electrical roads.
A key focus of the cooperation between the two countries will be the development of electrified road technology, work that has already been started by Scania in cooperation with its German counterpart Siemens.
The two governments’ announcement aims to strengthen the cooperation on development, and applying technology that is already available, while also strengthening the two nations’ ability to compete with others in offering the best sustainability solutions as the world’s needs continue to change rapidly.
World’s first electrified road for heavy goods traffic
The agreement also underlines the value of strategic partnerships in creating solutions for a future of sustainable transport. An example of such partnerships is the collaboration between Scania and Siemens on electrified road technology, which resulted in the world’s first electrified road for heavy goods traffic on public roads, being opened in Gävle, central Sweden, in June 2016.
The two-kilometre stretch of the E16 highway is run by the Region Gävleborg close to Sandviken and the city of Gävle, and is the result of partnerships between various public and private sector entities in Sweden and Germany.
Scania, which is a part of German-based group Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH, thinks that electrified roads represent one important part of a future sustainable transport system, and the company is now ready to take the next step from field test to real commercial implementation.
“It’s an honour to be able to explain Scania’s work on the electric road to Chancellor Merkel. The agreement between Sweden and Germany underlines the value of strategic partnerships in creating solutions for a future of sustainable transport, something to which Scania is fully committed,” said Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson.
“I very much welcome the partnership and study that will be the first step of it, where Scania is happy to contribute with the experience we have gained together with our partners Siemens and the Region Gävleborg in running our hybrid trucks on the electrified road E16 outside Gävle.”