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    Michigan to have first wireless EV charging road in US

    Imagine being able to charge an electric vehicle without stopping to plug in.

    It’s the kind of technology that could help ease worries like range anxiety and could really boost the transition to electric vehicles, and Michigan could have the first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road anywhere in the country. 

    It’s the idea behind a new initiative that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday morning as she helped open Motor Bella, this year’s alternative for the North American International Auto Show being held this week at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.

    A one-mile stretch of road somewhere in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties will be picked to host the Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot. The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to issue a request for proposal on Sept. 28. It’s not clear how the technology would work, how soon the pilot project would be operational or how much it might cost, although this type of advance has been discussed by experts as one possible future for EV charging.

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