Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb (Eric J. Holcomb) said in a statement that the state is known as the crossroads of America. He further said that the state would further strengthen its image as a transport leader by introducing new ideas by supporting emerging vehicle technologies. He said the project is a strong indication that the state is moving ahead in creating the necessary infrastructure to support the adoption of electric vehicles.
This latest technology project to charge electric vehicles while on the road comes under the Advance Sustainability through Power Infrastructure for Road Electrification (ASPIRE) initiative. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and involves collaboration with universities, government laboratories, businesses and other stakeholders to develop next-generation charging technologies for the electrification of all classes of vehicles.
The project has three phases and is expected to start soon. Phases 1 and 2 include pavement testing, analysis and optimization research, which will be conducted by the Joint Transportation Program (JTRP) at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. In the final phase, the Transport Department will build a quarter mile long test bed. The location is yet to be decided. Engineers will then test the concrete’s ability to charge trucks.
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