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Wireless Charging Pilot Program To Launch Near Michigan Central

Ford has been exploring wireless charging for EVs for some time now, recently filing a handful of patents for that new technology. At the same time, the state of Michigan is also aiming to become the first state to deploy wireless charging roads, though that technology isn’t quite viable yet. Regardless, a company called WiTricity recently debuted its Halo wireless charging system via a 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E, and now, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that it is entering a five-year agreement with another company dubbed Electreon for a wireless charging pilot program that will launch near Michigan Central Station, according to Click on Detroit.

“This agreement helps solidify Michigan as the U.S. leader in developing and implementing a wireless in-road charging network,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “We now can work toward better policy and regulatory framework that provides a welcoming environment for this unique technology. Ultimately, the research and work conducted on this project will help lead to large-scale deployment across Michigan and the U.S.”

Electreon – which has already secured contracts for similar roadways in Israel, Sweden, Italy, and Germany – will partner with MDOT to build the wireless charging road, which is capable of doing just that – charging EVs while they’re driving down it or parked.

“The potential for electrifying roads and cities is practically endless and working together with MDOT we are reshaping the future of transportation,” said Oren Ezer, CEO and co-founder of Electreon. “Through ongoing collaboration on our Detroit project, MDOT has proven to be innovative leaders in the industry. We’re excited to enter into this agreement to create a blueprint for scaling wireless charging for all EVs across Michigan and the U.S. and look forward to aligning with additional DOTs in the future.”

What’s particularly interesting about this decision is the fact that Ford is in the mist of renovating Michigan Central Station into a massive tech hub and mobility campus that will offer an Advancing Community Business program, as well as a place for multiple tech startups to converge. Thus, it seems like the perfect spot to begin this new wireless charging pilot program.

We’ll have more on this wireless charging pilot program soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. mfornett

    So, what is the generation source?

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    1. JDE

      does it matter? If they produce the road and connect it to the current grid and this becomes reliable, it will reduce the weight of the EV’s as the battery size will drop dramatically, and in theory it would alleviate range anxiety as well the need to stop at fueling stations altogether.

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      1. Tigger

        Yes ot does. Who is going to pay for the trillions that will be needed to make all the roads in the US charge capable?

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        1. Robert.Walter

          Who ever said it has to be all the roads?

          If you start with ridiculously oppressive assumptions you are unlikely to ever undertake any project.

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          1. Tigger

            If you’re talking about reducing the size of a battery they better be in all of the roads.

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  2. Tigger

    Heck, in that neighborhood the equipment will be stolen or vandalized before it gets in the ground.

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  3. John Coviello

    Why should the rest of us that don’t want or cannot afford an all electric toy pay for any of this experiment in INSANITY. The current grid WILL NOT support it !!!!! And we haven’t built a new electric power generating station in thirty years and they take years to build if and when the licenses and permits are obtained. Then, as the rolling blackouts occur, if I have to choose between my heated or air conditioned house and your happy battery; guess who will loose !!!!!!!!

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    1. Robert.Walter

      Current is a key word. You always seem to think the world is static or ruled by what happened yesterday as opposed to what has to be done for tomorrow. That’s a silly way to look at things.

      No new plant built? Tell that to DTE Energy who opened a big new plant that IIRC replaced 3 older smaller more polluting older plants. Tossing out completely FUD based on ignorance or willful misstatements of fact is a silly way to discuss things.

      Your ignorant paranoid arguments are kinda pathetic.

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  4. govboy

    I like to dream, just like the next guy. But i’m also a realist. There are real world problems to overcome. What about winter when the roads are covered? What about when it rains? Where is all this power going to come from and who is going to pay for it? I’d be asking these sorts of questions before investing money or even my time thinking about this.

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    1. Robert.Walter

      He who invests no time thinking about things is doomed to stay mired in the past and likely to cede to others the benefits from the opportunities of the future.

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  5. Michael

    Technology used to offer benefits like cheaper, more powerful, more efficient, better and faster tech to the human race. All of a sudden, tech is offering the opposite. EV vehicles are 1 1/2 times more expensive then ICE vehicles, DC fast charging at an EV station is almost, and at some stations, more costly then fueling an ICE vehicle, especially when you consider you loose 10% of the power charging that you are paying for, and this road charging while a vehicle is operating, is hugely wasteful, to the tune of up to a 30% lose of power. As if this country can afford to through away any power, especially at peak times, when areas of the country are in brownouts, or no power at all.
    Just like the Dems vs Reps is dividing the country, as this EV cancer spreads, it is going to divide the country just as much.

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