NEWS | August 9, 2023
Electric vehicle drivers in the US state of Florida have something to look forward to: While other drivers listen to music and pass the time while their EVs charge, thanks to the “Next Generation Electric Roadway Systems” developed by a Norwegian company, they can simply enjoy the ride and charge on the go.
The company has integrated electric coils into 1.6 kilometers of the four-lane State Route 516 near Orlando on behalf of the government. Electric cars equipped with corresponding receiver pads can charge their batteries on the route with up to 200 kilowatts (kW) of charging power. The range of a Tesla Model 3 Long Range could increase by up to 30% with a completely highway-based route, translating to around 100 more kilometers that the EV could cover. Of course, the Roadway System is designed not only for Teslas but also for various vehicle and battery types.
Germany is planning a similar project. In collaboration with various companies and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, a one-kilometer section of highway in northern Bavaria is set to be equipped with inductive charging technology. Its charging power is expected to reach up to 125 kW.
Such projects require significant amounts of raw materials. Both the electric coils in the road and the large-scale conversion and retrofitting of entire vehicle fleets necessitate a range of different production-critical metals. With a tax-free investment in technology metals and rare earths, you will certainly be well-prepared!