Michigan to Build Wireless EV Charging Road in Detroit
Feb. 7, 2022—Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the Michigan Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to build a wireless in-road charging system that would charge both stationary and moving EVs.
According to a news release from the governor's office, Israeli-based tech company Electreon has been awarded a contract to build the road. The road will be built in Detroit, and MDOT will contribute $1.9 million to the project -- Electreon will cover the remaining cost.
"As we aim to lead the future of mobility and electrification by boosting electric vehicle production and lowering consumer costs, a wireless in-road charging system is the next piece to the puzzle for sustainability," Whitmer said in the news release. "I am happy to see Michigan lead and keep building on these ground-breaking initiatives creating new business opportunities and high-tech jobs."
Whitmer first announced the state's Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot program in September 2021. Per the release, the state is looking into electrified roadways as a way to accelerate EV adoption by turning the state's road system into "safe and sustainable shared energy platforms."
A news release from Electreon says Ford Motor Co. "will play a key role" in the project though did not elaborate further as to what that role could look like.