Electric trucks could charge wirelessly on roads thanks to new project

Trucks could soon charge wirelessly as they drive on the highway, thanks to a new project aimed at promoting the uptake of electric heavy vehicles.  

The Australian Government has provided $3m in funding to researchers at the University of Swinburne, who are working on a $8.2m prototype for embedding advanced wireless charging infrastructure into regional roads.  

The university said charging for electric heavy vehicles is an “urgent roadblock” to uptake, with insufficient charging solutions currently available for vehicles travelling long distances and carrying heavy loads.

“By seamlessly integrating dynamic wireless charging systems into our road infrastructure, we are setting the stage for a transformation in the heavy vehicle industry,” said leader of the project and New Energy Technology Research Group, professor Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian.  

“This collaborative effort is a perfect example of our shared vision for a sustainable transportation ecosystem that can significantly reduce our environmental footprint.” 

This $8.2 million prototype for embedding advanced wireless charging infrastructure on regional roads was funded by the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants scheme, supporting short-term collaborative research projects. 

The project is a collaboration between ACE Infrastructure, SEA Electric, Fleet Plant Hire, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Siemens, ARRB Group, and Net Zero Stack. 

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  1. Regional roads? Is that a typo? These applications would be for metro…… doesnt make sense! Another 3 mill that could be used for basic road maintenance!

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