Israeli company Electreon, which specializes in wireless roadside charging technology for commercial and passenger electric vehicles, will deploy its technology in the first public wireless roadside charging project in Germany.
Besides Electreon Germany, the project partners are EnBW, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Stadtwerke Balingen.
Electreon will deploy 1 km of the Electric Highway System (ERS) along a stretch of highway, along with two static charging stations. Both locations are determined based on the route of the bus and where it stops during its operating hours.
The technology will be rolled out in two phases in the city of Balingen. In the first, a 400 m route will be deployed with two static charging stations. In the second phase, the electric highway will be extended by another 600 m. The project will charge a public electric bus en route to the city.
The Balingen project follows a successful pilot project using Electreon technology in the city of Karlsruhe in collaboration with EnBW. An electrified highway has been installed at the EnBW training center, which supplies electricity to a local public bus during peak hours. As part of the agreement, Electreon will receive up to €3.2 million for this latest project in Balingen to deploy the static and dynamic wireless charging infrastructure.
The Balingen project demonstrates how innovative and consistent we are promoting electric mobility in Germany. We have a holistic approach and want to make wireless charging technically suitable for German public transport. It also involves convincing authorities, power grid operators, bus operators and the general public of the opportunities.
As a leading provider and innovation driver in the field of charging infrastructure, we are delighted to be part of this promising project with partners such as Electreon and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Dr. Maximilian Arnold, EnBW.
The aim of this project is not only to open up wireless charging to the public in Germany. Other important aspects include the development and use of a tool that will help public transport planners know where to install inductive infrastructure for a specific city or region. We have already shown in our joint project in Karlsruhe with EnBW how effective, safe and simple the implementation of dynamic wireless charging is. We hope this is the start of many more projects on public and private roads in Germany.
Dr. Andreas Wendt, CEO of Electreon Germany GmbH.