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How can we understand electric roads – five questions and (probably more than) five answers

On the 15th of October the government announced that Sweden will build 2,000 km of electric roads by 2030. But what does that mean? Is 2,000 km a lot or is it too few?

Time: Tue 2020-12-15 08.30 - 10.00

Location: Zoom Webinar (see registration details below)

Participating: Several, see below

We will try to answer all of your questions regarding electric roads in a breakfast seminar with five experts on the different aspects of electrification of our roads. Join us together with our moderator Peter Georén to answer:

  • What is an electric road? Are there different techniques? (Karin Ebbinghaus)
  • What is an electric road heavy-duty vehicle? (Magnus Höglund)
  • Why (or why not) should we build electric roads? (Maria Bratt Börjesson)
  • Where should we build the electric roads? (Gyözö Gidofalvi)
  • How do we pay for the electricity? (Mats Engwall)
  • Who should build and maintain the roads? (Björn Hasselgren)

Join us for this year’s final breakfast seminar by signing up here .


Karin Ebbinghaus is the CEO of Elonroad AB who provides charging infrastructure for all types of electric vehicles. She has a Masters Degree in Law from Lund University and has worked with cross border mergers and acquisitions for more than 15 years. After an executive MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics in 2015, Karin has focused on investments in cleantech startups with a focus to reduce CO2.

Magnus Höglund is Head of Charging Solutions and Infrastructure, Sales & Marketing, Scania CV AB.

Maria Börjesson is a Professor in Economics at VTI and Linköping University and externally affiliated to the Choice modelling Centre, ITS Leeds. Her research interests include various topics related to transport, such as cost-benefit analysis, project appraisal and sustainability and she was placed on the 20th spot by the news magazine Focus's list of the most cited Swedish researchers in social sciences in 2019. Furthermore, she is the vice President of the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA) and a member of the scientific committee of European Association for Research in Transportation (hEART) conference.

Gyözö Gidofalvi is an Associate Professor of Geoinformatics at KTH. His primary research focus is on mobility / movement analytics and AI regarding its application to transport planning and optimization. He is also the ITRL Research Program leader for Urban Goods Distribution, where he manages a project portfolio of 10+ projects on ERS and electromobility. Additionally, he is also the founder of Gordian—a DeepTech startup that provides easy, interactive, and effective transport planning tools that are powered by mobility analytics and AI.

Mats Engwall is a Professor of Industrial Management at the Department of Industrial Economics and Management at KTH. His research revolves around the management of different types of modern, technology-based businesses in technology shifts, innovation, and new business models. He has led the work to investigate various business models related to electric roads in the CollERS project, a collaboration between German and Swedish ministries. Moreover, he is the Chairman of the Scandinavian Academy of Industrial Engineering and Management and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Björn Hasselgren has a PhD in planning and decision analysis from KTH and has specialized in areas of transportation and transport infrastructure organisation and financing. He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Swedish Transport Administration in the area of transport infrastructure financing with a current focus on electrification-issues. Furthermore, he is also a guest researcher at Uppsala University at the Economic History Department.

Peter Georén is the former director of KTH Transport Labs, ITRL predecessor at KTH that did extensive research on autonomous driving and electromobility. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from KTH, where he focused on Electrochemical Engineering. He currently works as the Technology Director at Inclined Labs AB, and is involved in several research projects, as well as being part of ITRL’s Research Advisory Board.

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