Electreon builds inductive charging system for parked electric buses
Electreon has completed the building of an inductive charging of electric buses from public transport provider Electra Afikim in Israel. Electric buses can now be charged inductively around the clock without plugging in a cable. The inductive charging specialists say their inductive charging system for electric buses involves the distribution of the available power between the charging stations but has not revealed how much charging capacity its inductive charging system is capable of.
Electreon says it managed the entire project from start to finish, including the electrical infrastructure, the necessary permits and the civil engineering work. The company also implemented its charging software to remotely manage and monitor the wireless charging of the e-buses in the terminal.
The public transport operator Electra Afikim has selected electric bus manufacturers Higer, Ankai, and Sunwin, which have integrated Electreon’s receivers into their electric buses. Higer and Ankai have completed the EU approval process, which Electreon says is an “important step towards establishing the wireless electric bus receiver as a standard product for the entire vehicle industry”.
While Electreon has announced its inductive charging for parked electric buses with the superlative claim of being a “world-first”, it is unclear what technological development has prompted the claim. Momentum Dynamics, now called InductEV, has been inductively charging buses since 2018 at 200kW and has offered 300kW inductive charging for buses since 2021.
Where Electreon really stands out is the company’s work on roads that inductively charge vehicles while they are driving. The company recently launched an electric road system in Michigan. Electreon is working on various pilot projects on sections of repetitive routes for electric buses or electric trucks in distribution traffic. The Israeli company also announced its expansion into China this year.
Inductive charging is often only considered to make sense if the space available does not allow the installation of a wired charging station between the vehicles or if a charging bridge is too expensive. However, InductEV (formerly Momentum Dynamics, also recently reported that its inductive charging systems for electric buses allow 51% reductions in operating costs over diesel vehicles, though the cost difference between cable charging and inductive charging is not mentioned.