Researchers pave the way for roads that recharge electric vehicles

The state of Michigan, which coincidentally is home to the first paved road in the country, may also become home to the first wireless electric vehicle “charging” road in the country. Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced the new initiative to develop the country’s first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road. The charging road will help advance state goals for more electric vehicle adoption and environmental sustainability in the state, hopefully creating more clean energy based jobs and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050…

Michigan’s Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot, a collaboration between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, includes plans to deploy the electrified roadway system that “allows electric buses, shuttles and vehicles to charge while driving, enabling electric vehicles to operate continuously without stopping to charge.”

An electrified road would save electric vehicle owners and public transportation agencies the need to stop vehicles from charging constantly, and would support transit in parts of the country with little to no electric vehicle charging stations like the Midwest…

“[Michigan is in the] midst of the most significant shift in the automotive industry since the Model T rolled off the assembly line more than a century ago,” said Trevor Pawl, chief mobility officer at the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification in a press release. “This electrified roadway has the potential to accelerate autonomous vehicles at scale and turn our streets into safe, sustainable, accessible and shared transportation platforms.”

I’ll second that emotion.

5 thoughts on “Researchers pave the way for roads that recharge electric vehicles

  1. Bedbugs says:

    Does wireless electric charging like this happen efficiently? Are there losses? Also what effect if any do the have on pacemakers?

    • eideard says:

      I doubt there’s a problem because a protocol would already have to be in use. We are surrounded by near field devices in any urban setting, nowadays. From automatic doors opening at the supermarket to anything you want to respond to your presence. Radar, physical contact, etc.. I recall a few firms I worked for before retiring that were just moving from physical actuators for devices to wireless. This was just about the first issue that had to be addressed. AFTER not screwing up homeowners’ TV signal. :-]

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