Electric Road Systems: A Solution for the Future?

It is looking increasing likely that electric vehicles will play a major role in the future of road transport. While commercial electric vehicles exist their uptake has been limited due to high purchase costs, limited battery range, and a lack of charging convenience. Furthermore, while developments are underway, electric and hybrid drive trains are yet to be efficiently integrated with heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). A novel way to overcome such challenges are Electric Road Systems (ERS); a branch of technologies that allow vehicles to charge while in motion. Limited information exists regarding the comparative performance of ERS solutions, market readiness, costs, and implementation issues. To this end, the World Road Association (PIARC) commissioned TRL to undertake a state-of-the-art review and feasibility study of ERS concepts; focusing on ERS implementation from the perspective of a road administration. The study had three interlinked phases: (1) state-of-the-art review and stakeholder engagement, (2) technological and implementation feasibility assessment, and (3) exploring the business model for ERS uptake. The appendices include ERS case studies, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis model, and a workshop overview.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: PIARC Special project
  • Features: Appendices; Glossary; References;
  • Pagination: 138p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01687648
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604969
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 2018SP04EN
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2018 10:09AM