Governor Whitmer launches ‘first’ US roadside wireless electric vehicle charging system

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the award of a contract to build the first public wireless charging system in the United States allowing electric vehicles to charge while in motion and while stationary.

A company called Electreon has been selected to build an electric road network in Detroit as part of the inductive vehicle charging pilot program.

Governor Whitmer says, “As we aim to lead the future of mobility and electrification by driving electric vehicle production and reducing consumer costs, a wireless on-road charging system is the next piece of the sustainability puzzle.

“I am pleased to see Michigan leading these groundbreaking initiatives and continuing to grow them by creating new business opportunities and high-tech jobs. Together, we will continue to grow our economy and put the people of Michigan first. »

Governor Whitmer first announced the Inductive Vehicle Charging Driver in September 2021 at Motor Bella.

Later that month, MDOT released the RFP specifying that the system is secure, scalable, interoperable with industry technology and vehicles, and financially and environmentally sustainable.

US Representative Brenda Lawrence said, “This is such an exciting time for Motor City and for the state as a whole.

“Michigan continues to lead the charge in electric vehicles, and this investment in the first public on-road wireless charging system in the United States further solidifies our position as a leader in electric vehicle technology.

“Public-private partnerships like this will allow us to promote innovation and outperform the rest of the world. I congratulate Electreon on receiving this award and will continue to champion investments in electric vehicle infrastructure.

Paul C. Ajegba, Michigan State’s Director of Transportation, said, “Michigan is aggressively deploying various charging solutions and we must continue to stay ahead of the technology curve.

“A wireless on-road charging system will be revolutionary for electric vehicles, potentially extending their charge without having to stop.”

Electreon will lead the design, evaluation, iteration, testing and implementation of the pilot program, which aims to be operational from 2023, in collaboration with NextEnergy and Jacobs Engineering Group.

The project is currently planned for a 1-mile stretch of dynamic and stationary wireless EV charging in Detroit.

The project will be hosted by and live within Central Michigana mobility innovation district, and supported by partners such as Ford engine, Energy DTEand the City of Detroit.

Stefan Tongur, Vice President of Electreon, said, “We are proud and grateful to have been selected by the Michigan Department of Transportation to lead and implement the first wireless electric road system in the United States.

“We are excited to transfer our success in wireless charging for a variety of electric fleets – from cars to buses and heavy trucks – to this innovative project.

“There is important work to be done with our partners in Detroit to develop scalable, ‘plug-less’ charging that will future-proof the city’s electric vehicle infrastructure.

Carolina Pluszczynski, Michigan Central’s Chief Development Officer, said, “The electrified future is one of the focus areas for Michigan Central, and we’re creating the platform and convening partners to help evolve electric vehicles and discover new new technologies and new business models.

“Implementing a public roadside electric vehicle wireless charging system in the district area – the first in the United States – will not only help serve as an innovation asset for many partners, today’ today and in the future, but also as an educational tool on the value electrification can create, including for daily needs.

“This collaboration symbolizes the open platform that Michigan Central is creating for partners of all kinds to come together and test and deploy innovations in a real environment.”

Trevor Pawl, Director of Mobility for the State of Michigan, said, “Here in Michigan, embracing bold innovations that transform the future of mobility and electrification is in our DNA.

“We are excited to see how Electreon’s proposals become a national model for how we can continue to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and usher in a new generation of transportation technologies.”

Tim Slusser, Chief Mobility Innovation Officer for the City of Detroit, said, “The City of Detroit and the Office of Mobility Innovation are thrilled to be part of this first-of-its-kind deployment in the United States.

“We look forward to this wireless charging infrastructure attracting other mobility technology companies to Detroit to innovate.

“The city is committed to working with companies like Electreon to help keep Detroit at the forefront of electric vehicle technology and mobility innovation.”

MDOT will provide $1.9 million in funding for the pilot, with Electreon contributing the rest.

Electrified roads have the potential to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by consumers and fleet operators by enabling continuous vehicle operation and transforming public streets into safe and sustainable shared energy platforms.

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