DALLAS, Feb. 15, 2022 – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has picked Jacobs (NYSE: J) as part of a partnership to develop and operate an inductive vehicle charging trial, the first of its type in the United States. Electreon, a prominent developer of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, will lead the project team (EVs). Stakeholder and partner engagement will be led by NextEnergy, a Detroit-based sustainable energy accelerator. Ford Motor Firm and DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company active in the creation and management of energy-related companies and services, will be among the pilot’s supporters.
Jacobs, as the engineering partner, will provide project management and design services to ensure the successful completion of this pilot project. The partnership will develop and construct a one-mile length of dynamic and stationary wireless EV charging technology in Detroit, which will be hosted by the Michigan Central mobility innovation district, which will act as a collaborative platform. Electreon’s technology will enable inductive charging by embedding coils beneath the road surface and semi-dynamic charging stations at endpoint terminals, allowing vehicles to be charged while stationary in a queue or parking lane. The technology allows equipped EVs to be charged and addresses numerous electrification issues such as battery constraints, charging requirements, and vehicle asset usage.
“As the world transitions to the future of electrified transportation, cities and communities are seeking and adopting green economic-centric models as part of the transformation,” said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Americas Senior Vice President and General Manager Ron Williams. “This innovative pilot project aims to demonstrate efficient vehicle operability to prove the viability of wireless EV charging. Jacobs is committed to delivering decarbonization solutions to address the increasingly critical issue of climate change. This project is just one of the ways Jacobs and our partners are working together to create a more connected, sustainable world.”
Transportation accounts for approximately one-quarter of all CO2 emissions globally and in the United States, it is the highest CO2 emitting sector. Reducing global transportation sector emissions is a top priority for Jacobs, and the greening of public and private vehicles is a critical step leading to improved air quality and healthier cities.
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