Australia, Projects, Renewables

Swinburne drives innovation in road-embedded EV charging

Swinburne University of Technology has been granted $3 million to integrate dynamic wireless charging technology into roads, allowing trucks and buses to charge wirelessly as they travel on highways.

The primary focus of the project is on electrifying heavy vehicles, presenting a solution to the challenge of ensuring sufficient charge for these vehicles with heavy loads over long distances.

According to Professor Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian, the leader of the project, the seamless integration of dynamic wireless charging systems into road infrastructure sets the stage for a transformative shift in the heavy vehicle industry.

“This collaborative effort is a perfect example of our shared vision for a sustainable transportation ecosystem that can significantly reduce our environmental footprint,” Seyedmahmoudian said.

The project anticipates significant benefits, not only for the environment but also for the efficiency and safety of the transport sector. By electrifying heavy vehicles, Australia could potentially save $324 billion by 2050, as Swinburne University of Technology said in a statement.

Funded through the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants scheme, the $8.2 million prototype for embedding advanced wireless charging infrastructure on regional roads is a collaborative effort involving ACE Infrastructure, SEA Electric, Fleet Plant Hire, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Siemens, ARRB Group, and Net Zero Stack.

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