Michigan would be the first in the nation to develop wireless charging infrastructure on a public road under an initiative announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week. The development of a wireless dynamic charging roadway is a step towards addressing range anxiety and hopes to accelerate the transition to all-electric transit fleets in Michigan.
The Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification that will deploy an electrified roadway system that allows electric buses, shuttles, and vehicles to charge while driving, enabling electric vehicles to operate continuously without stopping to charge. Electrified roadways have the potential to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles by consumers and fleet operations alike by enabling continuous vehicle operations and turning public streets into safe and sustainable shared energy platforms.
MDOT will release a Request for Proposal on September 28 to design, fund, evaluate, iterate, test, and implement the Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot along a one-mile stretch of state-operated roadway in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties. This partner will work closely with MODT, the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on this project.
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