A concrete solution to recharging EVs

Swiss-based building materials company Holcim is partnering with the German start-up Magment to improve its magnetisable concrete technology for road surfaces enabling electric vehicles to recharge wirelessly while in motion.

Inductive charging could allow drivers to charge whilst in motion, allowing even those without easy access to charging stations to use EVs. It is made possible by a unique concrete with high magnetic permeability and the technology is currently being tested by Researchers at Purdue University (US) in Indiana. Other applications under development include the electrification of industrial floors to recharge robots and forklifts as they work.

Edelio Bermejo, head of Holcim’s Global Innovation Center said: “At Holcim we are innovating to put concrete at the centre of our world’s transition to net-zero. With Magment, we are excited to be developing concrete solutions to accelerate electric mobility. Partnering with start-ups all over the world we are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation to lead the way in sustainability.”

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