Recently it was reported that not only electric vehicle (EV) sales are way down in the U.S., the vehicles themselves continue to be woefully unreliable. Of course, it’s not breaking news that electric vehicles (EVs) have been catching fire – sometimes while they are being charged – and these fires are difficult to extinguish. In fact, EVs that have suffered extensive flood damage have been spontaneously combusting as well. Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped efforts to install technology that allows EVs to be wirelessly charged while they are being driven on U.S. roads – even though charging EVs threatens power grids and medical implants.
A blue electric Ford E-Transit commercial van was able to charge as it moved over a quarter-mile stretch of newly paved 14th Street, a short distance from the towering Michigan Central Station, thanks to rubber-coated copper coils buried underneath the road surface.
A large video screen set up for the occasion outside Newlab, the rehabilitated Book Depository, showed the kilowatts generated and the speed as the van made its passes on the street. Those numbers would fluctuate as the van moved along, 16 kw and 9 mph at one point, with the van at a 63% charge.