Electreon Company and the Michigan Department of Transportation just tested the first wireless charging line in the US at the end of November.
A 0.4km stretch of road located on 14th Street will be used to test this technology before the wireless charging line is officially put into use in the next few years. This is America’s first experimental wireless project recently launched in Detroit, Michigan, invested and built by Electreon company.
Accordingly, high-voltage, induction coils will be inserted onto the road surface. Each coil will connect to a roadside energy management center. When an electric vehicle equipped with an Electreon receiver passes by or stops, energy will be transmitted to the vehicle through the magnetic field. The electric induction coils will only be activated with vehicles that have a compatible receiver.
Electreon’s vice president of business development said: “Wireless charging systems can open up the possibility of electric vehicles being widely used, solving the weaknesses of electric vehicles that are travel time, optimal size and battery production costs. This project is the premise for the future of zero-emission vehicles.”
But many people are still concerned that this technology could affect other vehicles, pedestrians and wildlife. Electreon says this system is safe, only activating when a car passes through the coil, to ensure energy is only transmitted to the vehicle in need.
According to the plan, in the next 5 years, Electreon and MDOT plan to cooperate to create a broader electric road system nationwide. The Ford E-Transit prototype will be used to test the effectiveness of this wireless charging technology.