Whitmer: Michigan to develop nation’s first electrified roadway for EVs

Pilot will launch along roadway in tri-county area

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at Motor Bella in Pontiac on Sept. 21, 2021.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at Motor Bella in Pontiac on Sept. 21, 2021. (WDIV)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a new partnership aimed at developing the country’s first electrified road for charging electric vehicles.

Whitmer announced the initiative during the opening ceremony of Motor Bella on Tuesday morning.

The Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification that will deploy an electrified roadway system that allows electric buses, shuttles and vehicles to charge while driving, enabling electric vehicles to operate continuously without stopping to charge.

“Michigan was home to the first mile of paved road, and now we’re paving the way for the roads of tomorrow with innovative infrastructure the will support the economy and the environment, helping us achieve our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This project reinforces my commitment to accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure in Michigan and will create new opportunities for businesses and high-tech jobs amidst the transition to electric vehicles.”

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MDOT will release a Request for Proposal on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 to design, fund, evaluate, iterate, test and implement the Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot along a one-mile stretch of state-operated roadway in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties.

“At MDOT, we know the future of mobility involves connectivity, and this initiative dovetails nicely with our other successes linking vehicles and infrastructure through technology,” said MDOT Director Paul C. Ajegba. “This is a model we will build on across the state to further promote the governor’s broad and ambitious vision.”

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