Indiana Set to Begin Wireless EV Charging Pavement Trials

The State of Indiana’s Department of Transportation and Purdue University are set to commence trial of the pavement that charges EVs as they drive, in phases starting this summer.

This is according to The Drive, who first reported on the state’s Department of Transportation announcement last week that it will test wireless EV charging pavement.

The technology, magnetizable concrete, comes from a German startup called Magment. The idea is to fill up an EV’s battery while you motor along the highway, which would be a true game-changer in charging infrastructure.

With help from the Purdue University, the state plans to trial the magnetized concrete in phases. The test will take place at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus through the state’s Joint Transportation Research Program. This will cover phases one and two of the project to observe and optimize the technology.

The phase three is said to be more exciting as INDOT will start construction of a quarter-mile strip using the technology for further real-world testing. It won’t be on public roads, but engineers want to study how well the pavement charges heavy-duty trucks. Semis and heavy-duty trucks are a key area for electrification, after all.

When Indiana’s finished with all of these tests, the state then plans to electrify a portion of the Interstate highway system within its borders. INDOT didn’t provide a final timeline for when this may happen, and it likely has a lot to do with how well the trials go, but work begins for the first two phases this summer.

California may be America’s leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, but it’s Indiana that plans to trial some pretty impressive new pavement technology.

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