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Electreon, which makes on-road wireless electric vehicle charging technologies, has announced a one-year extension of its Smartroad pilot project in Gotland, Sweden.
The Swedish Transport Administration funded the €2 million extension, which also includes a 400 meter upgrade of the existing infrastructure.
Electreon will also expand the operation of the airport’s electric shuttle currently using the charging system. The bus will continue to undergo testing and will also be available for public commercial trips in the summer.
“The Smartroad Gotland team is excited about the one-year extension of this project and the opportunity to demonstrate the continued endurance of our wireless charging technology in Swedish weather conditions,” said Håkan Sundelin, director of the Nordic region at Electreon and project manager. for Smartroad Gotland.
“The planned large-scale electric road pilot project in Sweden, in addition to the French government’s decision to fund pilots for wireless charging roads, shows strong demand for Electreon’s technology in Europe.”
As part of the project expansion, Electreon will increase the capacity of its receivers to transfer power to approximately 30 kW. This upgrade, the company says, will demonstrate that its wireless charging infrastructure can be upgraded over time.
After the upgrade is completed, the long-haul electric truck and electric bus that used on-road wireless charging will continue to be tested.
Sweden’s National Roads and Transport Research Institute (VTI) will conduct third-party endurance and stress tests to verify that Electreon’s technology and charging coils are unaffected by road construction and the use of heavy weights.
Additional third-party endurance testing of Electreon’s wireless charging technology is currently underway through the BASt project in Germany and the Arena of the Future project in Italy.
Electreon’s vice president of business development, Asaf Maman, told Auto Futures in February that the company’s road system is the “optimal long-term charging solution for electric vehicles.” The company also plans to move to Detroit later this year.