With the rise of Tesla Motors and other companies contributing in the electric car business the people are now getting used to the concept of electric cars. This brings the companies to make more and more innovations and surely increasing the availability of charging stations. Tesla is making huge growth in his field. However, everyone was shocked when INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) collaborating with the Purdue University made its intentions clear about developing a wireless charging concrete highway pavement. If this plan is executed as said then it will be the only one of its kind in the whole world.
The concrete that is being used in the project is made by a German startup, Magment which enables the wireless charging of the electronic vehicles moving over the road. According to the startup, its concrete has the transmission efficiency of 95%.
The Governor of Indiana, Eric J. Holcomb stated that the project is the statement by the state of Indiana that it firmly supports the idea of electric vehicles and it is going to be a leader in providing leading infrastructure for the smooth functioning of these vehicles. He said that the state of Indiana is called the crossroads of America which he said will also be a leading state in supporting the innovation of new vehicle technology.
The technology project comes under ASPIRE (Advancing Sustainability through Power Infrastructure for Road Electrification). The project is funded by NSF (National Science Foundation) along with the collaboration of universities, various businesses, government departments and others.
The project is to be completed in three phases beginning this summer in the United States of America. In the first two phases, JTRP (Joint Transportation Research Program) will conduct pavement testing, studying and optimization at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. In the last phase INDOT will construct a 400-meter highway. The place for which is not disclosed yet. Further it will test the concrete’s ability to charge hefty trucks functioning at 200 kilowatts and above.
INDOT commissioner Joe McGuinness said, “The demand for reliable and convenient charging infrastructure continues to grow as electric vehicles come to be more widely used.”
If everything goes as planned, Indiana is all set to witness one of the biggest inventions of the present year.