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Green Highway

Publication date: 2012-02-29

Tags: sweden, energy, world, overland

The world’s first green highway runs for 450 km from Trondheim in Norway, via Östersund, to Sundsvall in Sweden.

The ‘Green Highway’ project aims at being a fossil-free transportation corridor by 2020, based on local renewable energy and intended for eco-friendly vehicles.

So far the project has achieved:

Promotion of the use of electric vehicles in fleets as well as by private car owners.

  • Construction of the world's longest main road system, where people can charge their electric vehicles – 94 charging stations and more than 240 charging points (slow charging, 230V/16A).
  • Construction of quick-charging stations for electric vehicles in municipal centres along the Green Highway (first quick-charging station in Northern Europe was opened on the Green Highway in Östersund in April 2011. The second station opened at Trondheim Airport Værnes in January 2012. Four more quick-charging stations along the Green Highway are already under construction).
  • Establishment of a filling infrastructure for biofuels: biogas, biodiesel (RME) and bioethanol.
  • Performance of a large test program for electric vehicles, including long-term performance testing in the winter climate in Östersund.
  • Development of a prototype electric snow scooter. The technology used in the scooter is easily adaptable to other transport platforms.
  • Development of internet-based communication systems through which travellers can plan routes using public transport, including details of the carbon footprint for the different routes.
  • Development of a meeting planner that provides optimal meeting locations to minimize time, costs and emissions.
  • Publication of a complete 'Buyers Guide for Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Cars', updated annually.
  • Establishment of a taxi project with electric vehicles in Trondheim.

Kjell I. Stellander, project manager for the Green Highway project from the City of Trondheim, commented that – “We call it Green Highway; not necessarily for what it represents today, but for what we are going to create in less than 10 years' time: a fossil-free transport corridor across Mid-Scandinavia by 2020; a corridor and region that will contribute to the creation of business opportunities, sustainable economic growth, reduced greenhouse effects, and be attractive to local people as well as tourists."

 

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