Michigan to test electric vehicle charging route
Michigan has become the latest state to explore powering electric vehicles with an induction charging pavement, a technology that transmits energy from coils embedded in the road to vehicles as they travel on it.
A pilot project will promote the development of a dynamic charging route, address concerns about the limited range of electric vehicles, and serve as a model for expanded implementation. The project will transform “public streets into safe and sustainable shared energy platforms,” Michigan officials said in their announcement.
In a request for proposals released Sept. 28, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) said it was seeking a “systems solution approach” for the induction vehicle charging pilot project, including design, funding, construction, evaluation, testing, operation and maintenance. .
The tender calls for a one-mile stretch of road in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties that allows dynamic and static dynamic or hybrid loading for all modes of transportation. Deliverables include the integration of coils along the route and the installation of semi-dynamic charging stations at endpoint terminals where vehicles can recharge while stationary or in line for the parking lane. The seller must also provide receivers and support for vehicle integration.
The infrastructure must also support open industry standards for inductive charging and facilitate “development, deployment and user acceptance through interoperability and uniformity,” according to the RFP.
The vendor should design and test a practical model for future implementation. Ideally, this innovation could translate into “other corridors as part of a financially and environmentally sustainable transport system,” the DP said.
The final budget is still pending, but the seller should invest directly in the project. MDOT will provide $ 1.9 million in partial compensation, with vendor funding for operations and maintenance.
Michigan is not the first state to attempt to expand its electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Recently, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University announced plans to test a concrete wireless charging highway.
Trevor Pawl, mobility manager at Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, cited these developments as part of a larger transition in the electric vehicle space.
“We are in the midst of the most significant change in the auto industry since the Model T rolled off the assembly line over a century ago,” he said. “This electrified road has the potential to accelerate autonomous vehicles at scale and transform our streets into safe, sustainable, accessible and shared transportation platforms. “
Read the entire call for tenders here.
Shourjya Mookerjee is associate editor for GCN and FCW. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and has written for Vox Media, Fandom and a number of Capital Region media. He can be contacted at [email protected] – or you can find him ranting about sports, cinematography and the importance of local journalism on Twitter @byShourjya.