The Road to an Electric Future
As the electric vehicle world progresses we are always talking about the future plans for charging infrastructure. These ideas include a charging component on the highways we drive daily.
Being able to charge your EV as you drive is so tantalizing that manufacturers are investing time, effort, and resources to make it happen. The latest automaker to attempt this is Stellantis.
Stellantis produced a test track with inductive charging, called Arena del Futuro (Italian for Arena of the Future). The track is apart of the state-funded A35 Brembi framework project. This project connects the major Italian cities of Brescia, Bergamo, and Milan.
Stellantis shared that the exterior lane of the track has an added Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT) system. This will permit a vehicle like the electric Fiat 500 to charge while it’s driving at highway speeds. They are devoted to offering “cutting-edge freedom of mobility”. This method will provide mobility without putting so much pressure on cars that have large, heavy batteries.
Arena del Futuro is different from other projects because it uses direct current, which allows a decrease in the energy losses in the distribution process. Because of this set up, it does not require the conversion of DC into AC. This allows them to use thinner cables like aluminum cables that will offer the necessary amount of conductivity. Not only is it cheaper than copper, but also offers additional advantages like recycling.
Anne-Lise Richard, Head of Global e-Mobility Business Unit at Stellantis, said
“Our long-term strategic plan, Dare Forward 2030, is based on the premise of bringing ‘cutting-edge freedom of mobility’ to all and this project is the very essence of where we’re headed as a company.
Working with this incredible group of partners, we have proven that inductive recharging technology can power our electrified future. These joint projects are exciting steps as we work to achieve longer battery lifespan, lower range anxiety, greater energy efficiency, smaller battery size, outstanding performance, and lower weight and cost.”
In conclusion, it’s safe to say that the new technologies of inductive charging will revolutionize the EV industry. The EV world is evolving and companies and jumping on board for what the future holds. Vehya is excited to be a part of these changes and the future. We appreciate companies like Stellantis working to get ahead of the curve and think about the bigger, electric picture.