E|MPOWER – Autobahn

Wireless electric vehicle charging on the Autobahn

In November 2022, Electreon announced that they had been selected to participate in Germany's E|MPOWER pilot project, a transportation consortium funded by German’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) as part of the government’s Elektro-Mobil program. The project will construct a 1 km wireless Electric Road System (ERS) on the Bavarian Autobahn, managed by German Autobahn GmbH, and will also involve other research institutes, industry firms, engineering companies, and consultancies. The consortium also includes Eurovia, a subsidiary of VINCI and Electreon’s infrastructure and urban development partner in Europe, whose subsidiary, VIA IMC GmbH, will work on the project design and construction with Electreon.

The primary goal of the E|MPOWER project will be to develop and assess the entire value chain of an ERS – from planning, construction, and deployment – and how this can be implemented on a larger scale, as well as to showcase the feasibility and impact for wirelessly charging multiple vehicle types as they drive. In addition to better enabling the understanding of mass production capabilities and deployment of wireless ERS on highways on a larger scale, the pilot project will also allow other German companies to get involved in the production of Electreon’s wireless charging components and showcase new ERS construction techniques to decrease building costs and duration. 

Project Details

  • Construction start date: 2024
  • Operation start date: 2024
  • Project status: Planned
  • Application: Inter-city highway
  • Vehicle type: Electric buses, shuttles, trucks, and passenger vehicles
  • Roadway length: 1 km (~0.6 miles)

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