The US’s first wireless EV-charging road system near Michigan Central Station in Detroit is set to be completed in 2023.
The mile-long stretch of public road, which will be designed to wirelessly charge electric vehicles while they are stationary and in motion, will be built by Israeli startup ElectReon in collaboration with NextEnergy and Jacobs Engineering Group. The project will also be supported by Ford Motor Co., DTE Energy Co. and the city of Detroit.
“As we aim to lead the future of mobility and electrification by boosting electric vehicle production and lowering consumer costs, a wireless in-road charging system is the next piece to the puzzle for sustainability,” Whitmer said in the release.
The roadway will be located in the Michigan Central district, where Ford Motor Co. is restoring the old Michigan Central train station to develop self-driving vehicles.
The foundation of the wireless charging technology, developed by ElectReon, is electromagnetic induction. The company installs copper coils under the asphalt of roadways, through which it transfers energy from the electricity grid and creates a magnetic field. Receivers installed on the floor of an electric vehicle capture the energy and transmit it to the battery and motor.
ElectReon has contracts for similar roadways in Israel, Sweden, Italy and Germany.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living