The dynamic future of electric vehicle charging... power while you drive!
Posted on 15th May 2023 at 10:53
By Finn Moore (Graphics & Media Developer)
Would it be a game changer if you knew you had the power to get on the right road, and the charging of your vehicle could be done on the move?
Electric vehicle charging company Electreon originating from Israel, have come in leaps and bounds in designing roads that can charge your vehicle as you drive along it.
Announced in 2021, Sweden worked alongside Electreon to successfully test the first ever wireless charging road running just over a mile long in Gotland (click here to learn more).
Electreon were established in 2013 and have the basic aim of minimising the environmental impact of electric vehicle charging and reducing the effect of transport on the electrical grid.
With the world turning towards electric-vehicle only production by 2030, the popularity of battery powered cars is increasing daily.
But there are still many drawbacks with charging vehicles - a logistical and time-consuming problem for many.
By 2018 Electreon had started pilots in Europe and Israel, proving that electric vehicle batteries can be 90% more productive.
A fully electric long-haul truck was the first vehicle to be successfully charged on the road after tests at various speeds and under different conditions, all proving successful.
Obviously making this happen will have a huge impact on infrastructure as roads would need opening to install the copper foils required.
Should this be rolled out to other countries, it certainly won’t be a speedy resolution.
However, extensive research shows that installing these energising roads would actually be more cost effective than introducing a nationwide network of charging points or producing larger batteries for vehicles.
Another major element to consider in the installation of this infrastructure is of course cost.
To put it into perspective, to supply every road in the UK with EVC would cost in the region of 295.8 billion pounds!
EVC roads would be a significant milestone in the transition towards sustainable transportation which represents a bold and innovative approach to addressing the challenges of climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
With its commitment to sustainability, Sweden is setting an example for other countries to follow, and we can only hope that this project will inspire similar initiatives around the world.
We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Do you think that the government’s plan for electric only production by 2030 will be reached?
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