The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, in partnership with ElectReon and the Dan Bus Company, has launched a pilot project to install wireless electric roads for charging public transportation in the city, move that could have a significant impact on the city’s clean transportation.
The pilot, the first of its kind in Israel, will be carried out between Tel Aviv University Railway Station and Klatzkin Terminal in Ramat Aviv – a two-kilometer route including 600 meters of electric road.
The pilot project will enable specially equipped electric buses, capable of being charged directly from under-road electric infrastructure, to travel on the route.
Following the completion of tests and integration of the technology within approximately two months, a Dan Bus Company electric bus will commence regular journeys on the route, serving passengers traveling to Tel Aviv University.
“The execution of the pilot project forms part of a municipal policy attaching great importance to electric vehicles and reducing air pollution in the city,” the city stated Monday.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality signed a collaboration agreement last week with Israeli company ElectReon, the developer and installer of electric road systems for charging electric vehicles while traveling.
The construction of an electric road to charge public transportation vehicles will make Tel Aviv-Yafo the first city worldwide to roll out the technology for charging buses on a wide scale.
In doing so, the city will evaluate the possibility of additional electric transportation, including public transportation, distribution trucks, and private and autonomous vehicles.
“Constructing electric roads in Tel Aviv-Yafo will have a major impact, including improving air quality for the benefit of residents and visitors, to introduce an advanced transportation solution to the world and to place the State of Israel as a global leader in the field,” the city said.
Meital Lehavi, Deputy Mayor for Transportation at Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality noted that “if the wide-scale experiment is successful, it will not only benefit the public, but also save resources, improve the operational efficiency of public transportation, and maybe even a new world-class method of electrification will emanate from Tel Aviv-Yafo. This is another milestone in advancing municipal policy on sustainable transportation.”
Oren Ezer, ElectReon CEO and founding partner, stated that “the pilot will be a display window to the world, showcasing the ability to charge urban public transportation.”
ElectReon is a pioneer in developing electric road technology, reducing the need for an expensive and heavy battery, minimizing the need to establish charging and gas stations across the city, and enabling unlimited journey times.
The company recently announced the completion of initial testing of an electric road system, and presented for the first time an electric vehicle traveling continuously along a 25-meter section within the company’s experimental complex in Beit Yanai.