Under-the-road electric vehicle charging being tested

by BPVA on 17 May 2017

Under-the-road electric vehicle charging being tested

The Israel Government and ElectRoad are testing the use of wireless charging roads for electric vehicles.

This is the same principle as wireless smartphone charging.

Bulky batteries have so far created headaches in that they often need recharging but Israel is tackling that by investing in roads that power electric buses - as they ride down the street.

It is collaborating with Israeli start-up ElectRoad to install a public bus route in Tel Aviv, using an under-the-pavement wireless technology that eliminates the need for plug-in recharging stations.

The technology is still in its infancy, but the company remains confident that the technology can be scaled up cheaply enough to be adopted on roadways worldwide.

Wireless charging means the electric buses can carry a light, inexpensive battery instead of a bulky, costly one and never have to stop for recharging. And once a roadway is outfitted with the technology, it can continuously power properly equipped vehicles.

"You only need to pave for the infrastructure one time, and that's it. You can use it for all kinds of vehicles, so that's a big advantage," says Oren Ezer, chief executive and co-founder of the four-year-old company.