Italy Getting Ready for the World’s First EV Charging Highway

By: | May 31st, 2021

Image courtesy: ElectReon Wireless

The world is still far away from the mass-scale adoption of electric vehicles. One of the hurdles to mass electric vehicle adoption is the lack of charging infrastructure. Electric vehicle owners constantly need to keep an eye on their nearest charging station.

But thanks to a system developed by the Israeli company ElectReon Wireless, you do not have to worry about your electric vehicle running out of charge midway.

Electric charging stations won’t be needed anymore

ElectReon is building a kilometer-long stretch of electric vehicle-charging highway between Milan and Brescia in Italy. Vehicle batteries will get recharged when the vehicle will be driven on this specially constructed electrified road.

It won’t be the first example of an electric vehicle-charging road, electrified roads have already been experimented with in Sweden and Germany earlier. The project is the first of its kind in the world to involve a highway.

The highway will recharge electric vehicles as they drive, using copper coils installed under the asphalt. Energy will be transferred directly and wirelessly to the vehicle’s batteries through magnetic induction. The highway will also have a control unit located on the side of the road. 

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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