An Israeli firm named ElectReon Wireless is constructing a mile-long (1.6 kilometres) length of electric vehicle-charging motorway between Milan and Brescia in Italy.
World First Highway Trial Start Italy: ElectReon Wireless
The Italian trial won’t be the first example of a road specifically designed to charge electric vehicles, but it is the first demonstration of the technology to include a motorway.
During the test period, the roadway will use copper coils installed along the shoulder to wirelessly transfer power to the batteries of electric vehicles (EVs) in motion.
There is still a long way to go before the world is ready for widespread adoption of electric vehicles since many places lack the charging infrastructure needed for electric vehicle owners to travel comfortably without always keeping an eye on the nearest charging station.
ElectReon Wireless Hopes to Rid the Globe of “Range Anxiety” With their “Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer” Technology.
Because the technology incorporates charging infrastructure into the highways themselves, it significantly reduces the need for charging stations and big batteries. Also, in the future, it might make it possible for autonomous vehicles to go for long periods of time without needing to recharge.
The first official results from the trial re-surfacing of a section of an Italian road with the G+ upgraded asphalt super modifier containing Directa Plus G+ graphene were announced by Directa Plus, a producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets, and Iterchimica, an Italian based world leader in products that enhance asphalt performance.
The trial, which entailed the refurbishing of the two upper layers of a 1 kilometre long portion of an Italian road, was the first commercial test of an asphalt concrete with this novel graphene-enhanced super modifier (Gipave).
The work was done by Iterchimica with help from a third-party lab. Since last November, the road surface’s performance has been tracked continuously. The trial successfully compared asphalt concrete treated with the super modifier to standard asphalt paving.
Freedom for Self-Driving EVs and a Decrease in “Range Anxiety”
Many places still lack the infrastructure needed for electric vehicle owners to drive comfortably without having to constantly keep an eye on the nearest charging station, which is a major obstacle to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
According to the company’s website, ElectReon Wireless hopes to eliminate ‘range anxiety’ with their ‘Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer’ technology.
The technique will drastically cut down on the requirement for charging stations and huge batteries due to the charging infrastructure being virtually incorporated into the roadways themselves. It might also, in the long run, enable self-driving cars to go for hours on end without needing a recharge.
ElectReon, in collaboration with its 10 Italian partners, including Brebemi, the toll road’s operators, will install receivers in the chassis of a sample group of participating electric vehicles for the trial.
A control unit will be stationed on the side of the highway, and copper coils will be laid beneath the asphalt for the entire kilometre. The average transfer rate from the charging road to the company’s receivers installed in electric vehicles was measured at 70kW in ElectReon’s previous trials.
Documents from an expert report on the bridge’s collapse were cited by the Reuters news agency.
Legal papers state that “the collapse was prompted by the rupture of the load-bearing cables inside the stay of the bridge’s ninth pillar, which were eaten away by a highly corrosive atmosphere over the 51 years of the bridge’s life.”