Sweden tests inductive charging during the ride

April 15, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
inductive charging during the ride
Loading while driving: A test track for the inductive charging of electric vehicles while driving is now to be built in Sweden. On the 1.6 km long route between the airport and the centre of the city of Visby on the island of Gotland, the project participants want to gain experience with the technology.

The technology for the project comes from the Israeli company ElectReon Wireless. In addition to the technical implementation issues, the project partners also want to demonstrate the ecological and economic superiority of this technology over other smart road approaches. The project has a budget of 116 million Swedish kronor (over 11 million euros).

ElectReon AB, the Swedish subsidiary of the Israeli specialists of ElectReon Wireless, will take the lead in the next project phase. The company has developed a solution for inductively charging e-vehicles while driving via coils embedded in the roadway. The coils, which are located eight centimeters below the surface, are invisible to road users and are only activated when a vehicle drives over them. The solution is compatible with all types of electric vehicles, including buses, trucks and cars. According to the current state of development, cars should be able to be equipped with a receiver module with a maximum weight of 12 kg. Heavy vehicles, on the other hand, would be able to carry larger units and thus absorb larger amounts of energy per time unit.

ElectReon Wireless, with its inductive charging technology, is already involved in several cooperative ventures. In the summer of 2018, the company announced a partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi manufacturer alliance. Partnerships also exist with the Israeli bus company Dan and the French company Hutchinson.

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