Induction route

Germany tests road that charges electric cars as they go

Recharging your electric vehicle while driving, this is what the companies Eurovia and ElectReon are trying to offer thanks to an induction road concept. The idea will be applied in Germany, where a 100-meter stretch will be tested. The idea is to determine if this technology could be of interest in practice.

Induction road
Credit: Vinci

In the game F-Zero, you recharge the energy bar of your race car while driving over a short stretch of road past the finish line. The experience carried out by the companies Eurovia, a subsidiary of Vinci, and ElectReon brings to mind this principle a lot. They have indeed designed an induction route capable of recharging an electric car without the latter needing to stop. The thing will be life-size tested in Germany.

Indeed, the induction road will be tested by the energy supplier Energy Baden Württemberg (EnBW) in a pilot project at its research center, located in Karlsruhe. First, a 100-meter section will be installed to see if the technology is reliable and efficient. Then, EnBW plans a 600-meter section directly in the city. Placed on the route of the city’s (electric) buses, it will represent a full-scale test for this innovation.

A test in real conditions

It should be noted that this will not be the first section deployed in the world. Indeed, Eurovia and ElectReon have already carried out initial tests in Israel as well as in Sweden. But this is the first time that the thing will be experienced in real condition, here with buses.

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Of course, do not expect to see induction routes flourish everywhere in the coming months. Nevertheless, experimentation with this technology could represent good hope for the future. If electric cars tend to democratize, the issue of recharging remains problematic. Too long, stations still too rare, autonomy too limited …

We can thus imagine a future where induction routes could alleviate this concern. It remains to be seen whether induction will be effective in this test or not. It is indeed not the first time that such a project has seen the light of day, but so far, none has really convinced.