This Indiana highway can wirelessly charge electric cars and trucks as they drive

  • Date: 04/01/2024

A short stretch of a highway under construction in West Lafayette, Indiana, is designed to test technology that can charge electric vehicles—including semis—as they drive at 65 miles an hour.

The basic technology is like wireless charging for your cell phone, where a transmitter sends energy through a magnetic field. “Here, it’s very similar, except the power levels are much, much greater,” says Steve Pekarek, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Purdue University, where a team is working with the Indiana Department of Transportation on the project.

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