Thinking outside of the (wall) box, Israeli tech company ElectReon has been developing and implementing an innovative solution for this problem.
The system that is set to revolutionize transportation and accelerate the switch to electric mobility uses copper coils fitted under the asphalt, enabling EVs to charge their batteries wirelessly while on the move.
In terms of logistics, the only inconvenience is that a portion of the asphalt needs to be removed and replaced. Other than that, the system can connect to existing power grids without the need for additional infrastructure or transformation stations. It uses management units placed on the sides of the road to communicate with the receivers on the vehicles and transfer energy.
ElectReon is involved in multiple pilot programs to test the feasibility of this technology. Recently, the company has completed the deployment of its dynamic wireless charging system on a 1.65-km (1.02-mile) public road in Gotland, Sweden.
After performing several tests to make sure the system is stable, a fully electric long-haul truck was the first vehicle to be charged wirelessly by the Swedish smart road.
"Charging a long-haul truck while driving on an electric road that is open to the public is an exceptional technological achievement coming after years of intense development. The achievement brings us closer to our goal of revolutionizing the field of electric vehicle charging and we thank the strong support from Trafikverket that enabled this to take place in Sweden," said Oren Ezer, CEO of ElectReon Wireless.
Following the successful tests, the company expects to start operation of the entire road once all the approvals from relevant authorities are granted. It will then commence trials with multiple vehicles that will charge simultaneously to calibrate and optimize the system further.
This technology's potential is limitless; apart from the elimination of range anxiety and time-consuming conventional charging, it will make EVs much more efficient, especially those intended for commercial use.
The automotive industry will be able to develop smaller batteries, which in turn will lead to cheaper, more spacious vehicles.