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Charging electric cars could be a lot easier with this new tech Detroit is testing to restore on the go

Electric cars are generally in the minority. Less than 1% of the 250 million cars sold in the U.S. are electric, according to J.D. Power.

There are many reasons why Americans have been reluctant to replace their gas-powered cars with electric vehicles. One reason for this is the fear of running out of car battery without a charging station in sight, or simply the hassle of waiting for the car to charge.

The city of Detroit is testing a way to charge electric cars on the go, rather than stopping at charging stations. (Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

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Detroit has given drivers a new system that allows them to drive and charge their electric vehicles at the same time. Detroit is the first city in the nation to test this new technology.

At this point in the development process, the technology is being tested on a quarter-mile section of downtown Detroit.

The technology was developed by Electreon and consists of a copper charging coil installed under the road. These coils are activated and transmit electricity only when an electric vehicle equipped with a receiver is nearby.

Electreon’s website says about the company: “Electreon creates a cost-effective, end-to-end wireless charging infrastructure that minimizes the environmental impact of EV batteries and reduces the burden of transporting them onto the power grid. Constructed.” it says.

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New technology can determine whether an electric car is on the road. (Christian Charisius/Photo in partnership with Getty Images)

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“It automatically recognizes who you are and charges you wirelessly, without plugs or anything, while you’re driving or stationary. And it’s seamless with your driving behavior,” said Vice President of Business Development. said Dr. Stefan Tongle, President. at the Electreon, according to CBS Detroit.

This system allows electric vehicles to be charged while driving on the road or while stopped on the road. Although the technology is still in its early stages, the Michigan Department of Transportation and Electron have been working on the technology for five years.

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The Biden administration is focused on an ambitious electric vehicle proposal, but dealers are pushing back. (Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“In Michigan, we always want to be ahead of the curve. We want to be ahead of the curve,” Michigan Department of Transportation Director Bradley C. Wiferich said, according to the Associated Press.

The new technology follows the Biden administration’s push to install 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the United States, in line with an April proposal to make two-thirds of cars electric by 2032. appeared.

Car dealers rejected the proposal, and 3,882 dealers wrote an open letter in response. The letter states that despite the wide range of electric vehicles available to consumers, there is an overabundance of EVs on site because demand is not keeping up with supply.

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Due to low demand for electric cars, dealers are flooded with unnecessary supply. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“Mr. President, it’s time to pump the brakes on unrealistic government electric vehicle mandates, giving time for battery technology to advance and making BEVs more affordable. “We will ensure that,” it says. “Give us time to develop a domestic source of minerals to make batteries. Give us time until the charging infrastructure is built and proven reliable. And above all, give us the American consumer Please allow time for the customer to become familiar with the technology and make the purchase choice.”Electric vehicle. ”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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