Sweden, Germany announce mobility partnership

Sweden and Germany will work together on an innovation partnership to develop mobility and electrical roads.

Announced jointly by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ‘Innovation and Cooperation for a Sustainable Future’ aims to strengthen the two nations’ sustainability, economic and technological competitiveness.

It covers four areas, including mobility and electrical roads.

A key focus of the cooperation will be the development of electrified road technology, work that has already been started by Scania in cooperation with its German counterpart Siemens and 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’s president and CEO Henrik Henriksson said, ‘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.

‘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.’