Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
Innovation in clean and sustainable technology today accounts for the lion’s share of the transport industry’s R&D investments. Transport, as a major industry, can speed up the uptake of innovations such as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and clean tech.
In the world’s first electric road project, two electrically-powered Scania trucks are running for a second year near the Swedish city of Gävle. In this project trucks drive the route in open highway traffic for the first time, using conductive technology developed by Siemens. The facts are impressive: the electric road is twice as efficient as internal combustion engines. Energy consumption is cut in half, and local air pollution is significantly reduced.
An important milestone in 2017 was when German chancellor Angela Merkel met Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to launch a new partnership between Sweden and Germany, focusing on innovation and cooperation for a sustainable future. Scania is also currently working with Siemens on a similar electric highway project in Germany to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a 10-kilometre stretch of highway.