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Contactless wireless-charging facility being developed for EVs

Indiana will use the new technology to electrify a segment of interstate highway   | Photo Credit: Reuters

U.S. state Indiana and Purdue University have planned to develop the world’s first contactless wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment. The project will use magnetisable concrete on highways enabling wireless charging of electric vehicles.

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“As electric vehicles become more widely used, demand for reliable, convenient charging infrastructure continues to grow, and the need to innovate is clear,” said Joe McGuinness, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation(INDOT).

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Phases 1 and 2 of the project will feature pavement testing, analysis, and optimisation research. In phase 3, INDOT will construct a quarter mile-long testbed at a location yet to be determined, where engineers will test the concrete’s capacity to charge heavy trucks operation at high power of 200 kilowatts and more.

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On successful completion of testing of all three phases, INDOT will use the new technology to electrify a segment of interstate highway within Indiana.

“This partnership that includes Magment, INDOT, Purdue University, and the larger ASPIRE consortium has great promise to really move the needle on technology development, which will, in turn, enable more positive impacts from deeper electric vehicle adoption,” said David Christensen,Innovation Director, ASPIRE, a consortium of leading companies and research groups.


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