Electreon, a provider of wireless and in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, announced it would deploy its first public wireless EV charging road system in the US.
The company won the RFP to build an Electric Road System (ERS) in Detroit as part of the inductive vehicle charging pilot programme in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).
The wireless charging infrastructure, which will be implemented in the Michigan Central district, will support a suite of use cases involving various vehicle types and partners including autonomous vehicles. This news followed Electreon’s official entrance into the US earlier this month with the opening of the company’s Los Angeles office and addition of Corey Johnson, former speaker of the New York City Council, as a strategic consultant for the New York region.
We are excited to enter the U.S. market and collaborate with industry leaders to further enhance the country’s mobility ecosystem,” said Stefan Tongur, vice president of business development, for Electreon in the US. “We are looking forward to collaborating with departments of transportation, state and municipal agencies, and automotive and mobility industry innovators in Michigan, California and New York on charging infrastructure that’s vehicle agnostic and can be included in any electric vehicle. Our technology has the potential to support electric fleets of all types from public transit buses to delivery vans and long-haul trucks for logistics.”
Electreon will lead the design, evaluation, iteration, testing and implementation of the pilot programme which aims to be operational by 2023. The project is currently slated for a stretch of road up to one-mile long in Detroit and will include dynamic and stationary wireless EV charging. The project will be hosted by and live within Michigan Central, a mobility innovation district, and supported by Next Energy, Ford, DTE, Jacobs Engineering Group and the City of Detroit.
Electreon is also operating pilots in Germany, Italy and Sweden, and is preparing to execute a recently signed commercial deal to provide a ‘plug free’ charging network for 200 public buses in Tel Aviv, Israel.