First U.S. mile of wireless EV charging road coming to Motor City

he first mile of wireless electric vehicle charging public road in the United States will be built in Motor City.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week announced a construction contract to create the nation’s first wireless charging system on a public road in Detroit, the city known for putting the world on wheels. The innovative street infrastructure will be designed to charge EVs while in motion or when parked.

The governor said officials chose Electreon to build an electric road system in Detroit as part of the inductive vehicle charging pilot program. State coffers will contribute $1.9 million toward the project, expected to be completed next year.

The test project will be part of the Michigan Central mobility innovation district in Corktown. The district is meant to foster new urban transportation concepts.