The start-up Electreon wants to break a charging record on an induction road. This wireless charging technology is the specialty of the young Israeli company.
In just a few years, Electreon has established itself as a benchmark for roads with induction charging. So much so that in 2020, the Israeli start-up had signed an agreement with Eurovia to build roads in Europe.
A year earlier, the company had made a name for itself by managing to charge a Renault Zoé without a cable. But she now wants to demonstrate the power of her roads with a brand new record.
Electreon currently runs a Toyota RAV4 PHEV for 100 hours (video below), without using anything other than its electric motor. The 18 kWh battery of the plug-in hybrid SUV will supply 100% of the driving. That’s why the challenge is called « Breaking the anxiety barrier ». Translation: break down the barrier of anxiety created by the fear of breaking down with an electric car.
On an oval track, the two straight lines of which are induction sections, representing 25% of the distance, the SUV will drive for five days, totaling 100 hours of driving. Electreon’s hope is to cover between 1000 and 1500 kilometers over this period. And during these 100 hours, the SUV must never be completely unloaded.
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“Advancing Wireless Charging”
Electreon plans regular stops to change drivers, but the run will last a good 100 hours. It should end between Thursday and Friday, since the epic started on Sunday. With this challenge, Electreon wants to show how relevant its technology could be.
“Industry, political and public support for wireless electric vehicle charging technologies is greater today than it has been since Electreon opened its doors in 2013”said Oren Ezer, CEO and co-founder of Electreon.
“We have seen industry enthusiasm for our technology turn into unwavering support. Today, we see this blossom into statements of commitment to advance wireless charging in commercial projects on public roads around the world. »
“Today, we are involved in a dozen projects in five countries with more than 60 global partners. This includes leading automotive partners. It’s a tipping point. »
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