Charging has become a cause of concern for EV owners around the world due to limited charging infrastructure, and manufacturers are trying to address the issue by providing fast-charging while governments are making efforts to address the concerns. Amidst this, Indiana’s Department of Transport [INDOT] is reportedly testing an innovative solution cement that could charge an EV on the road.
INDOT is working on a cement formula with magnetized particles embedded in the concrete that could provide high-speed charging. The project is funded by National Science Foundation [NSF], and INDOT is working in collaboration with Purdue University and the German company, Magment, to develop the new formula.
A brochure by Magment explained that the magnetic roads could be built at the standard road building cost, and will be “robust and vandalism proof.” It added that the product has 95 per cent wireless transmission efficiency and that the company will license the production of the product so that it can be produced locally.
INDOT claims that the project will benefit both cars and heavy commercial vehicles, and plans to test the concrete in the last phase of the project by charging heavy trucks. It added that if the test is successful, the implementation of the plan will continue on a large scale.