Why is it important: While the cost doesn’t make it smart to build large highways that can charge electric vehicles wirelessly, the system can still be useful for bus routes, traffic lights, or roads where people spend a lot of time stuck in traffic.

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Israeli company Elektreon announced that he plans to build the first road in the United States with the ability to wirelessly charge electric vehicles. The pilot project is scheduled to be completed next year in DetroitMichigan, and initially it will be only one mile long.

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The road will operate thanks to an underground network of charging coils that connect to the power grid, and electric vehicles will need a receiver to charge while driving on them. The system does not emit electricity without an active receiver, so people and animals crossing the street will not be electrocuted. It’s also modular, as each coil plugs into the mains individually, so a pothole won’t render the entire charging system useless.

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The charge per mile depends on the vehicle and its speed. While the road won’t fully charge the battery, especially given its length, it will recharge it a bit, allowing electric vehicles to travel further before a charging station is needed. Recipients can also accumulate a bill so that the car owner can pay for electricity later.

Elektreon representative claims that bus routes would be a great place to implement this payment system as they are predictable and repetitive. Areas with a lot of traffic may also be suitable, as your vehicle will have time to charge while waiting in traffic.

The idea sounds like a bigger version of Logitech. Power play a system that allows a dedicated mouse pad to charge a wireless mouse while it is in use.