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Truck manufacturer, Scania, has welcomed a new partnership between Sweden and Germany to deliver the world's first electrified road for heavy goods traffic.
The announcement of the Innovation and Cooperation for a Sustainable Future partnership coincided with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, recent visit to Sweden, where she was welcomed by Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven.
According to Scania, which is part of Germany's Volkswagen Group, the project aims to strengthen the two nations' sustainability, economic and technological competitiveness, and covers four key areas, including mobility and electric roads.
An important 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 German company Siemens, which resulted in the world's first electrified road for heavy goods traffic on public roads to be opened in Gävle, Sweden, last June.
The new partnership now aims to scale up the concept and bring it to Germany. “I very much welcome the partnership ... 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," said Scania President and CEO, Henrik Henriksson.
He added electrified roads represent an important part of a future sustainable transport system, stating the company "is now ready to take the next step from field test to real commercial implementation".