The government of Israel is working with a local start-up called ElectRoad to create a short bus route in Tel Aviv that uses charging roads.
Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety gave ElectRoad a $120 000 grant after the company successfully showcased an 80-foot test route at its headquarters in Caesarea.
A small portion ( about 800m ) of a Tel Aviv bus route will be fitted with the technology next year.
According to Scientific American, if the wireless charging road proves successful, Israel’s government intends on deploying the technology more widely and intends on initially doing so on an an 11-mile route between the Ramon Interational Airport and the city of Eilat.
Chief scientist at Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety said “Tel Aviv is the biggest city [in Israel], like New York on a small scale. If it will work in Tel Aviv, it will work anywhere. I think in 10 years you’ll see a lot of solutions like ElectRoad in our transportation.”
There are no details about how much the project will cost but this will no doubt determine its future viability.