EV Charging While Driving

A road in Detroit will charge an electric car while driving
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/electreon-detroit-wireless-elec…

An Israeli startup plans to build about one mile of pavement in Michigan that will wirelessly charge electric vehicles as drivers roll past, marking a first-of-its-kind infrastructure project in the U.S.

State officials didn’t reveal how much the project will cost, but said the state’s transportation department will contribute $1.9 million and Electreon will foot the rest.

This is an extension of the wireless EV charging already commercially available. Though these system require the vehicle to be stationary.

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www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/09/20/2299601/0/en/W….
Wireless EV charging systems are a promising technology…But the major challenge for market growth is the high cost of these systems. Electric vehicles are already expensive, and wireless charging adds USD 3,000 to USD 4,000 more on top of the cost, making the total cost of ownership very high.

This has resulted in minimum to no demand for wireless EV charging systems from consumers. Companies operating in this space rushed for fundraising in 2016, 2017, and 2018 to grow and improve their product offerings, but investors backed off since the value proposition of wireless EV charging systems was not very attractive for customers.

This resulted in huge funding shortfalls for companies operating in this space, with some companies selling their electric vehicle wireless charging businesses. For instance, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. sold its electric vehicle wireless charger business, Qualcomm Halo, to WiTricity Corporation in February 2019. Similarly, Bombardier Inc. sold its transportation business, including Primove, the wireless EV charging systems business, to Alstom in January 2021.

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An Israeli startup plans to build about one mile of pavement in Michigan that will wirelessly charge electric vehicles as drivers roll past, marking a first-of-its-kind infrastructure project in the U.S. State officials didn’t reveal how much the project will cost, but said the state’s transportation department will contribute $1.9 million and Electreon will foot the rest.

Not inexpensive.

Swedish to build electric road system using Electreon’s technology
www.worldconstructionnetwork.com/news/swedish-to-build-elect…
The Swedish Transport Administration has chosen Israel-based Electreon Wireless’ wireless vehicle charging technology to build electric road system. The scope of the project will involve the construction of 1.6km electric road, which forms part of a 4.1km stretch that connects Visby Airport to the city center, located on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea…

Estimated to cost approximately $12.5m, the project is set to benefit from about $10m funding from the government.

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The scope of the project will involve the construction of 1.6km electric road, which forms part of a 4.1km stretch that connects Visby Airport to the city center, located on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea…

Estimated to cost approximately $12.5m, the project is set to benefit from about $10m funding from the government.

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I’m trying to understand where the benefit of driving 4.1km on an electrified road that would probably add five minutes (barring a traffic jam) at most of charging time?

Of course since the government is picking up most of the tab … what does it matter if it is useful or not? In this case I assume “the government” actually means taxpayers?

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OT - speaking of electricity, over 50,000 homes in Nova Scotia are currently without power due to freezing rain. We’ve had a couple of ‘blips’ that required the Alexas to have to reconnect to the WiFi.

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The scope of the project will involve the construction of 1.6km electric road, which forms part of a 4.1km stretch that connects Visby Airport to the city center, located on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea…Estimated to cost approximately $12.5m, the project is set to benefit from about $10m funding from the government.

I’m trying to understand where the benefit of driving 4.1km on an electrified road that would probably add five minutes (barring a traffic jam) at most of charging time?

I think the idea is to eventually have the bus (which goes back and forth to the airport) continually charging, both on the road and while waiting. Presumably that plus a long overnight charge could eliminate/reduce the need for charging time-outs during the day. If nothing else it could reduce the size of battery pack the bus needs.

Cost effective? Good question.

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The idea of burying charging infrastructure into roads seems completely stupid to me.

It’s already so expensive to keep roads maintained with plain asphalt or concrete that many areas constantly struggle with potholes and other road defects. Now we’re going to embed expensive charging infrastructure into them? This seems almost as dumb as the ‘solar roads’ idea.

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“t’s already so expensive to keep roads maintained with plain asphalt or concrete that many areas constantly struggle with potholes and other road defects. Now we’re going to embed expensive charging infrastructure into them? This seems almost as dumb as the ‘solar roads’ idea.”

If I remember right, the OP stated that this was happening in metro-Detroit, Michigan.
Not sure where you are from, BenSolar, but what you wrote is a huge understatement, lol !

Nothing seems to get repaired more often than a metro Detroit highway, whether the reason
is the many free/thaw cycles, overloaded semi truck traffic, or highway repair in Michigan is a perpetual jobs program for the well connected construction companies.

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The Swedish Transport Administration has chosen Israel-based Electreon Wireless’ wireless vehicle charging technology to build electric road system. The scope of the project will involve the construction of 1.6km electric road, which forms part of a 4.1km stretch that connects Visby Airport to the city center, located on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea…Estimated to cost approximately $12.5m, the project is set to benefit from about $10m funding from the government.

www.bakersfield.com/ap/news/electreon-announces-extension-of…
Electreon, the leading provider of wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, today announced the one year extension of the Smartroad Gotland pilot project in Sweden. The €2 million ($2.17 million) budget for the extension is funded by the Swedish Transport Administration and includes an upgrade of 400m of the existing installation. Electreon will also extend the run of the electric airport shuttle bus—the shuttle will continue to undergo testing and simultaneously be available for commercial rides, and will open to the public in the summer of 2022…

After the upgrade is complete, the long-haul e-truck and commercial passenger e-bus, that have now been utilizing the wireless charging infrastructure for one year as part of this project, will undergo continued testing. The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) will perform third-party endurance and stress tests to verify that Electreon’s technology and charging coils are unaffected by road construction and heavy-duty truck use.

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