The middle lane gives the freedom of choice
Mittstråket, which means “middle way”, is one in Central Sweden that crosses the country from Sundsvall on the east coast to Storlien on the border with Norway, and then goes on to the city of Trondheim in that country.
There is an ongoing project (Ladda i Mittstråket), which involves this stretch of road, which aims to make it truly sustainable and comfortable for users. It does this by making sure that there will be enough charging points for electric vehicles on it.
The consequences of this effort can be quite significant given the fact that the rural population tends to avoid electric cars due to the simple fact that charging infrastructure is not widespread in sparsely populated regions.
But in a country like Sweden, which is a leader when it comes to owning electric cars (33% of registered vehicles by 2020), it would be illogical not to expand such infrastructure.
Reach their destination regardless of mode of transport
According to the Swedish Transport Administration, we can talk about gaps in a charging infrastructure if there are more than 100 km between fast chargers. This is because older e-car models have a shorter range and would not be able to cover that distance. As of last year, Mittstråket no longer has such gaps in any of its sectors in Sweden and Norway.
“The train and public transport are good here, but it is sometimes difficult to reach your final destination by public transport. ” says Ladda in Mittstråket’s project manager Henrietta Philp, quoted on Euronews. “So you may need a car. We want to give people here equal opportunities to own and use an electric vehicle just as you would do elsewhere in Sweden, where it is more populated than here. ”
There is 85 charging points were planned to serve the more than 200,000 potential drivers on the road, whose Swedish sector has a length of 358 kilometers. The budget for the project is a little over 800,000 euros – more than half of this comes from European cohesion policy.