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Founded in 2013, the company has already proven its technology can operate through pilot programs in Sweden, Germany and Italy – and their home country of Israel, where it is a publicly traded company at the Tel Aviv market. But on Tuesday, Electreon announced a partnership with Michigan public agencies, as well as stakeholders such as the Ford Motor Company, to set up a one-mile light road in Detroit – the first to apply such a system in public places. in the US the system is expected to be operational by next year.
Electreon, which opened its US headquarters in Los Angeles last month, initially targeted trucks such as taxis, buses and trucks for its technology, but eventually plans to expand into the EV market. of its users. Electric currents will be particularly interesting for military vehicles for a number of reasons, the most obvious being that they stop frequently. When it comes to spending, especially in predictable locations, it means it is easier to know where to install electrical outlets and make them more expensive.
Stefan Tongur, vice president of business development at LA Electreon, said the company’s entry-level charging technology will be faster than traditional charging systems. But if the street under each bus station has electricity, he told the dot.LA, extra money will be added to the car at each station — meaning the bus will take less, if any, break to charge her battery.
It is easy to imagine such times of use at the port, railroad tracks or airport taxis, all of which can result in huge savings for companies that waste time and money when their vehicles are electric plugs with charging. Many of these areas are also under the control of the private sector, which will make it easier to implement projects, according to Tongur. He said Electreon is already monitoring the movement to such places.
Tongur added that Electreon intends to install its mobile charging technology on public streets around the United States within “two years”. While Detroit will host the pilot program, Los Angeles and New York will be the next targets.
“L.A. is clear, right? Mecca is for EVs,” he said. “You have air quality problems here; you have ports in LA and Long Beach; you have a lot of traffic. I would say, it must be. “
The idea of installing wireless chargers for motor vehicles is “courageous,” said Mehrdad Kazerani, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Kazerani noted that researchers at the university have developed a similar concept for the Trans-Canada highway. “Obviously, we did not follow this idea, but Electreon seems to have made good progress in this line,” he said.
Kazerani added that wireless charging technology could allow future EVs to use larger batteries, making cars easier, more efficient and less expensive. Small batteries also mean less mining for battery equipment and less waste when the battery reaches the end of its life.
“This is an invitation to the U.S. market: to policymakers, state agencies, shipbuilders and original equipment manufacturers,” Tongur said. “It’s an opportunity to do things together with us on this path and journey.”