Stopping to charge up your electric vehicle wastes a fair bit more time than stopping to top off a gas tank. So why bother stopping at all?Sweden has opened up what The Guardian is calling the world's first stretch of electrified road. While it's just a proof of concept for now, this 1.2-mile stretch of juiced-up road has the capability to provide an EV with charge as it moves along.How it works is pretty straightforward. There's a metal strip embedded in the road that provides power. An electric vehicle will need a movable arm to deploy and contact the strip, which will provide the circuit necessary to charge the car's batteries. If the car changes lanes, the arm disconnects. It's similar to how slot cars receive their power.Don't think you'll get free electrons, though. The road's system is capable of figuring out how much energy each vehicle uses, so it could then send a bill to the owner or use some sort of connected method to automatically debit a person's account. This part is … [Read more...] about This EV-charging road in Sweden works like a slot car track
Have you ever seen small children drift, flip and hammer dents out of a DAF 66 sedan? Have you ever seen a bunch of BMW-swapped Volvos go toe-to-toe with a 1940s DeSoto and a BMW engine-swapped Toyota Supra on a giant frozen lake drift-course? No? Okay, how about Swedes wrenching on a crap-ton of broken drivetrain parts in below-freezing weather? Multiple rocket cars ripping down two miles of frozen lake including one that was gunning for the world ice-speed record? A motorcycle with a saw-blade as a rear wheel? If the answer is “no” to all of these, then you’re probably normal. Most of the people attending Speed Weekend on Ice in Sweden, however, were not. (Full Disclosure: Volvo flew me to Sweden for the unveiling of the 2019 V60 and paid for my airfare and hotels. While I was there, I swung by this totally unrelated but awesome event. This is what I witnessed.) The two-day event was held a couple hours north of Stockholm on top of Storsjön, the fifth largest … [Read more...] about Sweden’s ‘Speed Weekend On Ice’ Is Where Sanity Goes To Die And Axles Go To Break
Rally Sweden was a winter wonderland this year, but not for the drivers who went first. The first cars on a snowy stage inevitably act as snowplows for everyone behind them—and those later competitors then go faster on the clearer roads. One driver at Sweden had enough, so he arrived late to one stage, breaking the rules on purpose to avoid going first. The World Rally Championship sends the championship leaders first on the first day to make it harder for their fastest drivers, as that’s usually the dustiest, snowiest, rockiest and/or all-around hardest to drive starting position. To switch it up for the second and third days of a three-day rally, they reverse the standings of the current rally to send the slowest cars of the weekend out first instead. There’s only been one rally so far—Rallye Monte-Carlo—and it was won by five-time WRC champion Sébastien Ogier. As such, Ogier’s Fiesta was on snowplow duty for nearly the entire rally. Worse … [Read more...] about Rally Sweden Driver Showed Up Late On Purpose To Avoid Going First On Garbage Roads
The Swedish men’s hockey team just barely squeaked by Germany this morning, riding an early goal from Victor Stahlberg to win 1-0 despite getting outshot 28-26. Two games into the Olympics, that win plus a 4-0 defeat of Norway in their opening game suggest that things are going smoothly. They aren’t. Instead, things are really confusing. The most notable story out of Sweden’s first two games is coach Rikard Grönborg’s refusal to give ice time to Rasmus Dahlin, the next NHL draft’s projected number-one pick. The 17-year-old Dahlin was a healthy scratch in game one, and his 4:36 of ice time was the least of anyone on either team against Germany. What the hell? After the first game, this was what Dahlin’s coach offered. That explanation makes sense at a normal Olympics, where full-grown NHL players are battling it out and Dahlin probably couldn’t even crack the Swedish roster. Maybe it even makes sense against Russia or Canada, the top teams … [Read more...] about What The Hell Is Sweden Doing With Its Phenom?