ElectReon successfully tests dynamic wireless EV charging system on public road in Sweden
Neurim, Israel-headquartered ElectReon has announced that it has successfully completed tested a dynamic wireless charging system on a 1.65 km (over 1 mile) stretch of a public road in Gotland, Sweden. The installation of the dynamic wireless charging system on a public road in Gotland is the world's largest operation of its kind as well as the first for long-haul commercial vehicles like electric trucks and buses.
According to ElectReon, the test was conducted on a 200-meter segment at speeds of up to 60 km/h (roughly 37 mph), and it brought about an average transfer rate of 70 kW from the special electrified road to the receivers and into the electric truck's battery. The 40-ton commercial vehicle was equipped with a total of five 20kW wireless modules or 100 kW in total. The aforementioned average rate of power transfer was enough to not only maintain the speed, but also to recharge the battery of a running EV.
The company claimed that the innovative system reached stable operation and wireless charging capabilities with reliable results, without being affected by snow and ice. The company stressed that system proved the robustness of its proprietary cloud-based software that remotely operating and tested the system from its headquarters in Israel.
Sharing the result of the testing, ElectReon said, “The fully electric long-haul truck was charged by the road while driving at various speeds of up to 60 km/h on a 200-meter electric road segment, with an average transfer rate of 70 kW from the road to the receivers and into the truck’s battery.”
The company added that the wireless charging system would be further calibrated to increase of power and that a local truck operator has agreed to regularly operate the truck to help the company conduct further tests.
Now, ElectReon is waiting for official approval to use of the entire length of the road (both side) to test multiple EVs simultaneously. However, the feasibility of the project will depend a lot on the final commercial cost of the innovative system.
The successful testing of the dynamic wireless charging system on a public road in Gotland is being seen as a significant milestone for Israel-based ElectReon, which is on track to meet the requirements for applying for the large-scale pilot program for the construction of approximately 30 km (roughly 19 miles) wireless Electric Road planned by the Swedish Road Administration (Trafikverket).
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