The World’s First 1-Mile Stretch Of Wirelessly Charging Road Is Being Built In Detroit

A company, “Electreon Wireless” is building a mile-long stretch in Detroit that will be able to charge electric vehicles as they drive on it. According to the company, this road will be fully functional by 2023 for electric vehicles that install a special receiver.

In May of 2021, a method was introduced by the researchers that could make charging electric vehicles a reality. This technique will soon be used on a U.S. road, according to a press release by the Israeli provider of wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology Electreon.

“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,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a press release.

The very first wireless EV road in the U.S. that will be located in Detroit, Michigan will be about a mile long. It will be functional next year. Electreon has already introduced such roads in Sweden, Israel, and Italy. It is now assisting the U.S. with a carmaker, Ford.

The new road will serve Detroit’s Central Terminal, an abandoned train station that Ford is transforming into its “mobility innovation district”. It is a 3-acre walkable community set to provide flexible workspaces, hands-on labs, and innovation studios.

Stefan Tongur, vice president of business development, for Electreon in the U.S, said in a statement, “We are excited to enter the U.S. market and collaborate with industry leaders to further enhance the country’s mobility ecosystem”. He has further mentioned, “Michigan’s automotive industry roots built a foundation for mobility innovation and we’re thrilled to join this community of experts. We are looking forward to collaborating with departments of transportation, state, and municipal agencies, and automotive and mobility industry innovators in Michigan, California, and New York on charging infrastructure that’s vehicle agnostic and can be included in any electric vehicle. Our technology has the potential to support electric fleets of all types from public transit buses to delivery vans and long-haul trucks for logistics.”

“Inductive charging” is a technique that will be used to charge electric vehicles whether they will be in motion or standing still. This process will involve the transference of a magnetic frequency from metal coils installed underneath the road to some special receivers featured on the lower part of the EVs.

Moreover, normal cars or gas cars will also be able to use the road but as a simple normal stretch of land. The road will surely facilitate the people regarding their concerns related to the charging of Electric Vehicles.

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