Italy tests a highway to charge electric cars


 

There are many challenges to be overcome in order to fully transfer drivers around the world to electric cars.


One of the biggest challenges is the charging infrastructure, as enough chargers have to be built to support everyone with electric cars and to increase the speed of charging.


As it stands, full charging of some electric cars takes hours.


Many car makers and researchers see the potential for future charging of electric cars using highways capable of charging the electric car while it is driving.


While this may sound like science fiction, Italy is poised to have its first highway charging electric cars.


The road is opening along the road in northern Italy, and the system was developed by a company called ElectReon Wireless that specializes in inductive charging of electric cars.


The technology developed by the company allows electric vehicle batteries to be charged while the vehicle is driven along specially constructed roads with electrical equipment built inside.


The first test of the system is being carried out in Italy along a kilometer stretch of the motorway between Milan and Brescia.


The company is integrating its wireless technology to charge two Stellantis cars and an IVECO bus while driving as part of the Arena of the Future project.


The project aims to demonstrate the contactless charging of a group of electric vehicles as they drive across highways and toll roads as a potential pathway to decarbonize transportation systems along highway transit corridors.


ElectReon Wireless is building the highway expansion infrastructure by installing copper coils under the asphalt.


Energy from these coils is transferred wirelessly to the car's batteries as it travels across the road using magnetic induction.


The cargo system requires a roadside controller and receiver installed in the chassis of each trial vehicle.


This closed ring road is called the Arena of the Future or Arena del Futuro in Italian, which is located near the Chiari Ovest exit of the A35 motorway, about 50 kilometers from Milan.


This road is expected to charge the vehicles participating in the test, both on the move and while still standing.


If the experiment is successful, it could mean fewer electric charging stations, and less need to stop and plug electric vehicles to charge in the future.


And if all major roads can be equipped with this technology at some point in the future, this could mean the end of waiting for the electric vehicle to be charged.


The electrified road could also mean eliminating the major problem in electric vehicle adoption worldwide.

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