The technology implemented in this project is based on similar technology used in wireless phone charging, where electricity is transferred from magnetic coils underground through the air to another coil fitted in the vehicle.
Whereas in-car charging pads use a static system, adding movement to the process adds apparent challenges. Still, if the problem can be solved, it will promise many benefits, including lighter batteries, more efficient EVs, and many cost savings.
The Balingen project features a 0.6-mile stretch of road along a German highway with two static charging stations at strategic stopping points. This won’t be Electreon and EnBW’s first rodeo; the two companies have previously run successful tests at EnBW’s training center in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Electreon will soon electrify part of the nation’s Autobahn.