Israeli inductive charging specialist Electreon has announced its first project in the USA. This envisages a section of road up to one mile long in Detroit where electric vehicles will be dynamically and stationarily charged wirelessly. Operations are scheduled to begin next year already.
Electreon was awarded the contract to build an Electric Road System (ERS) in Detroit as part of a pilot inductive vehicle charging program unveiled by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in September last year. Electreon will work with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).
The Israeli company will lead the design and evaluation, testing and implementation of the pilot programme, among other tasks, according to a press release. The project is currently planned for a section of road up to one mile long in Detroit and will include dynamic and stationary wireless charging stations for different types of electric vehicles. Autonomous vehicles are also to be included.
The US market is new territory for Electreon. Earlier this month, the company reportedly opened an office in Los Angeles and hired Corey Johnson, former spokesperson for the New York City Council, as strategic advisor for the New York region.
Electreon brings plenty of hands-on experience to the US project. In October 2021, the company signed a five-year contract in Israel with Dan Bus Company. The contract provides for an expansion of the wireless charging network for public electric bus routes in Tel Aviv and the wider area.