Michigan To Build First Electrified Road For EV Charging

By Staff Writer September 22, 2021 465
MDOT will release a request for proposals on Sept. 28 for a pilot along a one-mile stretch of state-operated roadway. MDOT will release a request for proposals on Sept. 28 for a pilot along a one-mile stretch of state-operated roadway.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at helping Michigan stay on top of EV innovation. The Detroit Free Press reported Whitmer spoke at the opening of Motor Bella, 2021’s alternative to the North American International Auto Show, on a plan to transform roads into charging pads. 

Gov. Whitmer attending Motor Bella 2021.

The Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot Plan will take a one-mile stretch of highway in southeast Michigan and transform it to charge EVs while the vehicle is driving. 

How the technology would work was not shared at the announcement, nor how soon the pilot project would be operational or how much it will cost.

Charging locations and lengthy charging times have been two of the main concerns for the public looking to make a switch from gas to electric. 

Michigan built the first paved road for drivers in 1909, so it's no surprise the state will take the lead in building the first electrified roads for wireless charging. 

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