The road will wirelessly recharge EVs while they drive on it.
The Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot will stretch for one mile.
Range anxiety, despite considerable improvements in battery technology, remains a point of contention for many potential EV adopters. This new electrified road technology would all but make the need to recharge EVs a thing of the past, thus killing range anxiety. Michigan wants to be the first state to test out Inductive Vehicle Charging but they’re not alone.
The pilot project would see a one-mile stretch of road in one of three counties, Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb, become the host for the test. It’s unclear as of now how the technology would work but the Michigan Department of Transportation is expected to issue a request for proposal on September 28th to sort out the location.
These types of “self-charging” roads are already being evaluated in some European countries but closer to home, Indiana is also working on the technology. In fact, the wireless charging project was initiated back in July. The Detroit Free Press reports that Scott Manning, an INDOT spokesman, said: “We expect to reach the second phase of the project, testing on a public roadway within one to two years,”
The difference between Michigan and Indiana is that the former would skip over test facilities and work directly on public roads. Michigan is currently investing heavily in infrastructure so the time is now.