To date, a smaller project involving 11 companies and 3 universities will involve building a road approximately one kilometer long with an integrated wireless charger.
A few days ago, a group of international companies agreed to build the first Italian road with integrated freight, which will be called the Arena del Futuro – Square of the Future. A special section of essential oil will be built about 1050 meters long on the Italian motorway A35 (near Milan), a short distance from the Chiari Ovest exit.
The charger should form a sector about 1035 meters long and should be powered by one megawatt of electricity. Thanks to the technologies provided by ElectReon, it will be possible to charge the car when stopping and when moving. Arena del Futuro will be a closed area that will copy the highway but will be separated from it.
At the same time, the entire region could become a place in the future where experiments will continue with the further application of new technologies in automobile traffic. Terms like “Internet of Things” or “5G technology” are often used – either way, these are tools that can improve traffic flow and safety.
The research will also include further investigation of the road surface, or its effect on the transmission of electricity between the charger and the vehicle that supports contactless charging. The goal of all companies is to improve technologies and facilitate their implementation in practice.
And 14 entities from different sectors are participating in the project. From auto companies, through tech companies to universities. In addition to the A35 Brembi-Aleatica highway operator, these companies include ABB, ElectReon, FIAMM Energy Technology, IVECO, IVECO Bus, Mapei, Pizzarotti, Prysmian, Stellantis, TIM, Politecnico di Milano, University of Rome Tre and University of Parma.
It is unclear how long the project will last and what specific devices will be able to use wireless charging. However, according to available estimates, studies will be conducted in the coming months. This technology could then be used in the future by Iveco electric buses or several Stellantis personal models.
Depending on the success of the project, a decision is expected on the potential construction of other similar divisions. While wireless charging for electric cars while driving won’t be the most effective solution, it can at least partially help break down barriers to driving anxiety and the long charging of electric cars.