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Who needs charging station when you have a 1.6 km road capable of charging electric vehicles at the same time as you drive

Electreon Wireless, a company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is working with Ford and DTE to bring their wireless electric vehicle charging technology to Detroit (USA) by 2023.

Electric vehicles are gradually becoming a popular vehicle and are prioritized by many car manufacturers, but charging them is still a problem that makes users hesitate before buying. Understanding this problem, a startup company wants to build the first road in the US, allowing electric cars to move on and charge at the same time, contributing to opening up a future where electric cars does not need for a charging station anymore.

Electreon Wireless, the Tel Aviv, Israel-based company, is working with Ford and DTE to bring their wireless charging technology to the city of Detroit next year. The company says it has deployed its infrastructure to roadways in Sweden, Israel and Italy.

The charging-integrated roadway will span about 1 mile (1.6 km) and be located near Michigan Central Station in Detroit, an abandoned train station that Ford is converting into a testing ground for advanced transit technologies. The state of Michigan plans to contribute $1.9 million to the Electreon Wireless project, which is expected to be operational in 2023.

Electreon wireless road charging tech

The road will charge electric vehicles both while they are in motion or at rest via wireless charging, using magnetic field frequencies to transfer energy from metal coils buried under the road to a special collector at underside of the tram. This requires the electric vehicle to be equipped with a separate signal receiver.

The road will work normally for all gasoline cars and electric cars that are not equipped with transponders. Installing a special receiver will cost about $3,000 to $4,000 per vehicle. However, Electreon says it hopes to negotiate a price between $1,000 and $1,500.

If they can become widespread, wireless charging routes will help electric vehicle owners reduce their range worries and facilitate mass adoption of electric vehicles.

Charging station infrastructure poses a major obstacle to the universalization of electric vehicles. According to an Insider survey, one in five electric car owners have switched to gas-powered cars because charging the battery causes too much trouble. Data from J.D. Power for 2021 shows that concerns about electric car batteries are the main limiting factor influencing car buying decisions.

“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.

Electreon is one of a number of companies touting wireless EV charging options. According to Insider, it’s one of six companies racing to capitalize on a market that could hit $207.5 billion over the next decade.

The concept of wireless EV charging is not new. In 1986, California tested an option to wirelessly charge cars on the road for the Highway and Public Transportation (PATH) Partner program. In recent years, wireless charging for phones has also received a boost from companies like Apple and Samsung. However, in general, attempts at wireless charging have not been successful because the hardware is expensive and often difficult to use.

Previously, researchers at Cornell University were working on a wireless charging process for US highways that would use electric fields instead of magnetic fields – an initiative that lead researcher Khurram Afridi said. know will make the process cheaper and provide more energy.

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