ElectReon, an Israeli company that specializes in inductive charging of electric vehicles, has announced that it will build the country’s first public wireless EV charging road system near Detroit’s Michigan Central Terminal, which will charge electric vehicles as they travel on it.
In collaboration with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME), and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the company will construct an Electric Road System (ERS) in Detroit as part of the inductive vehicle charging pilot program (MEDC).
The pilot program is scheduled to begin operations in 2023. The project is currently planned for a one-mile stretch of road in Detroit and will include both dynamic and stationary wireless EV charging.
Electreon’s new inductive charging technology will wirelessly charge EVs while they are in motion and stationary. The EV charging roads are powered by a network of copper coils embedded in the asphalt. As the vehicle travels down the road, the energy from these coils will be transferred to the vehicle batteries via magnetic induction. The receivers are installed on the vehicle’s floor to transmit energy directly to the engine and battery while driving.
Already, the company is running pilot projects in Germany, Italy, and Sweden. It recently agreed to provide a “plug-free” charging network for 200 public buses in Tel Aviv, Israel.
“We are excited to enter the U.S. market and collaborate with industry leaders to further enhance the country’s mobility ecosystem. 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.”Stefan Tongur, vice president of business development for Electreon in the U.S.