A decade ago, South Korean scientists first developed a concept of some kind of road that would automatically charge electric cars or electric buses running above. Now, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in the US is looking to develop the world’s first wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment in collaboration with Purdue University. The project will use modern magnetizable concrete, developed by German startup Magment. It will enable wireless charging of concrete electric vehicles. In this way, when the electric vehicles run over the roads made of them, they will also be charged automatically.
The state will further strengthen its image as a transport leader by introducing new ideas
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb (Eric J. Holcomb) said in a statement that the state is known as the crossroads of America. He further said that the state will further strengthen its image as a transport leader by introducing new ideas by supporting emerging vehicle technologies. He said the project is a strong indication that the state is moving ahead in terms of creating the necessary infrastructure to support the adoption of electric vehicles.
Advance Sustainability through Power Infrastructure for Road Electrification (ASPIRE)
This latest technology project to charge electric vehicles while on the road comes under the Advance Sustainability through Power Infrastructure for Road Electrification (ASPIRE) initiative. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and involves collaboration with universities, government laboratories, businesses, and other stakeholders to develop next-generation charging technologies for the electrification of all classes of vehicles.
Phases 1 and 2 include pavement testing
The project has three phases and is expected to start soon. Phases 1 and 2 include pavement testing, analysis, and optimization research, which will be conducted by the Joint Transportation Program (JTRP) at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. In the final phase, the Department of Transportation will build a quarter-mile-long testbed. The location is yet to be decided. Then the capacity of concrete to charge engineer trucks.
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