Israeli company Electreon Wireless is building a mile-long road in Detroit, Michigan that can charge electric vehicles wirelessly. This will be operational next year (2023). The company said it has already implemented its infrastructure into roadways in Sweden, Israel, and Italy.
The road will have a network of charging coils buried under the road. These coils will be connected to an energy grid. EVs need to have a receiver to charge while driving over the road. The road will charge electric vehicles whether they’re in motion or at a stop. The system is modular, each coil is connected to the grid individually, so a pothole won’t render the entire charging system useless.
The system emits electricity only with an active receiver, so it is safe for people and animals crossing the road.
It is estimated that the special receiver will cost about $3,000 to $4,000 per car. Though, Electreon hopes to get the price closer to $1,000 to $1,500.
The state of Michigan plans to contribute $1.9 million to the project.