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Detroit to Get Wireless EV Road Charging

Matthew Donnellon

The motor city will soon have the nation’s first road charging pavement.

An Israeli startup wants to build a one mile strip of road that will charge electric vehicles wirelessly.

Best Yanai based company, Electreon, was chosen by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to build the new road charging system. 

The governor commented on the choice in an MDOT press release. 

"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," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

"I am happy to see Michigan lead and keep building on these ground-breaking initiatives creating new business opportunities and high-tech jobs. Together, we will continue growing our economy and putting Michiganders first.”

“We are excited to enter the U.S. market and collaborate with industry leaders to further enhance the country’s mobility ecosystem,”  Stefan Tongur, vice president of business development, for Electreon in the U.S. said in a release.

“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.”

The road charging system works by embedding special coils in pavement. The coils send magnetic frequencies to a charging pad beneath the vehicle. 

The vehicle will charge while it is cruising or stopped over the road. It works like a giant wireless charging device one would use for their cell phone.

Electreon says that the road charging will not harm gas powered vehicles. 

The new road will be able to be used by all electric vehicles including electric buses, the company said in a statement.

"Michigan is aggressively rolling out various charging solutions and we need to continue to stay ahead of the technology curve," transportation director Paul Ajegba said in a statement on Tuesday. 

"A wireless in-road charging system will be revolutionary for electric vehicles, potentially extending their charge without having to stop."

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