Michigan To Build Nation's First Electrified Road
By MT Bureau| Sep 24, 2021

Michigan To Build Nation's First Electrified Road

After efforts to build electrified sections of highways in Europe, including a 5-km stretch on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, for opportunity (overhead pantograph-led) charging for HGVs, Michigan in the US is set to become the location for the nation's first electrified road.

Expected to provide the ability to charge an EV without stopping to plug-in, the electrified road at Michigan could help address range anxiety challenge and boost EV transition. Offering the first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road anywhere in the US, the electrified road at Michigan plan was revealed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently. She was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Motor Bella, an alternative for the North American International Auto Show which is scheduled to be held at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.

The one-mile stretch as the nation's first electrified road will come up in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties (in the Detroit area) as an inductive vehicle charging pilot, claim industry sources. They inform that the Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to issue a request for proposal soon.

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