Michigan is looking into wireless charging pavement for EVs

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Gov. Whitmer visited the Motor Bella auto show in Pontiac, Michigan earlier this month.

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One of the things that stands out for potential EV buyers The biggest concern is charging. It makes sense: If you don’t charge, you don’t move. This raises many questions about when and where to charge and how long it will take. What if, however, there was a different solution? For example, what if your car can charge while you drive?

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This is a future that Michigan is interested in pursuing. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced plans on Tuesday To investigate the feasibility of wireless in-road charging by building a one-mile stretch of test road anywhere in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties.

“Michigan was home to the first mile of paved roads, and we are now leading the way for the roads of tomorrow with innovative infrastructure that will support the economy and the environment, helping us achieve our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Will meet,” Whitmer said in a statement.

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“This project reinforces my commitment to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure in Michigan and will create new opportunities for businesses and high-tech jobs amid the transition to electric vehicles.”

The Great Lakes State isn’t alone in seeing the potential of wireless inductive charging roads for EVs. Indiana announced similar plans in July. With its partner, the German firm Magment. However, Michigan is taking a more measured and phased approach to its rollout, with actual road construction not planning to begin until Phase 3 of its testing.

Michigan’s Department of Transportation will issue a request for proposal Tuesday, Sept. 28, for a partner company to design, test and build that one mile of roadway as an inductive vehicle charging pilot program.

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