Construction of road that charges electric vehicles coming soon to Detroit

By Andy BrownFebruary 15, 2022

The innovative stretch of road will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Roads that can charge up your electric vehicle are coming soon... to Detroit.

An association of businesses has been selected by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to develop and implement an inductive vehicle charging pilot – said to be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Global engineering firm Jacobs will be spearheading project management and design services to deliver the one-mile stretch of road from development through to operation.

The project team will be led by Electreon, a provider of wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs). The road will feature embedded coils under the pavement, together with semi-dynamic charging stations at end-point terminals. These will charge vehicles while stationary in traffic or on the shoulder of the road.

The group of businesses will design and build the one-mile road of dynamic and stationary wireless EV charging technology in Detroit, hosted by the Michigan Central mobility innovation district.

“As the world transitions to the future of electrified transportation, cities and communities are seeking and adopting green economic-centric models as part of the transformation,” said Ron Williams, senior vice president of Jacobs People and Places Solutions Americas.

“This innovative pilot project aims to demonstrate efficient vehicle operability to prove the viability of wireless EV charging. Jacobs is committed to delivering decarbonization solutions to address the increasingly critical issue of climate change.”

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