Earlier this year, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the wireless EV charging road the state first announced last September would be completed by 2023. It now seems as though the project has been delayed by two years, with an article on SAE.org indicating the project will actually be operational in 2025.
The pilot project will consist of a one-mile stretch of both dynamic and stationary wireless EV charging in downtown Detroit, with the SAE article indicating the Michigan Dept. of Transportation is currently conducting a feasibility study on electrifying a section of Michigan Avenue and/or 14th Street in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. The $1.9 million project is backed by Ford, Michigan utilities provider DTE Energy and the City of Detroit.
A press release published by Whitmer’s office in February indicated construction on the one-mile stretch of single-lane road, which will use technology developed by Tel Aviv, Israel-based company Electreon, would be completed by 2023. SAE, which spoke to Electreon CEO Oren Ezer for its article, reports the project will now be completed in 2025 instead. Electreon’s technology uses rubber-coated copper coils embedded 3.15 inches beneath the road surface, which use magnetic induction to charge EVs that are both driving on the surface above or parked.
Ezer said the company’s technology has been tested at speeds of up to 49.7 mph and can be used with a wide variety of vehicle types, from passenger cars and crossovers to Class 8 trucks, buses and more.
“Our electric vehicle receiver units are modular and compatible with passenger vehicles and with light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles,” he said.
This is one of several Michigan projects supported by the Big Three aimed at accelerating and promoting EV adoption. GM is building a large new Ultium battery plant in the state, which will provide battery cells to its various EV production facilities there, which include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck and Orion Assembly in Orion Township.