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Indiana has launched a pioneering pilot project on U.S. Highway 52, testing wireless electric vehicle charging technology aimed at reducing range anxiety and supporting long-haul truck electrification.

Kristoffer Tigue reports for Inside Climate News.


In short:

  • Indiana is testing a new wireless charging technology on U.S. Highway 52, designed to power electric vehicles as they drive.
  • The project involves a partnership with Purdue University and Cummins Inc., aiming to make EVs more accessible and cost-effective.
  • Although the technology is still in the pilot phase, it has the potential to reduce range anxiety and lower battery costs.

Key quote:

"Wouldn't it really be something if we could just drive over the road and catch your charge for your vehicle as you drive across it?"

— Blake Dollier, public relations director, INDOT

Why this matters:

The significance of EV-charging roads lies in their potential to address two critical challenges in the transition to a low-carbon transportation system. They offer a solution to range anxiety, a common concern among consumers considering the switch to electric vehicles. By enabling continuous charging while on the road, these technologies alleviate fears of running out of power during long journeys, thus encouraging greater adoption of electric vehicles.

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