The governments of Sweden and Germany have entered into a new innovation partnership for mobility and electrical roads called ‘Innovation and Cooperation for a Sustainable Future’.
The new partnership was announced during German Chancellor Merkel visit to Sweden.
Both countries will be focusing on the development of electrified road technology, work that has already been started by Scania in cooperation with its German counterpart Siemens.
Scania, which is a part of German-based group Volkswagen Truck & Bus, has welcomed this new initiative by the two governments.
Scania 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.”
The agreement also emphasises on the value of strategic partnerships in creating solutions for a future of sustainable transport, and an example of such partnership is the collaboration between Scania and Siemens for electrified road technology.
The partnership between Scania and Siemens has provided the platform for the world’s first electrified road for heavy goods traffic on public roads, being opened in Gävle, central Sweden, in June last year.
Scania 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.