The Roads Could Soon Charge Electric Trucks in Colorado

The Colorado Transportation Department and Aecom Inc. are exploring options for an electric trucking charging system that uses a coil buried in the road to charge electric trucks as they drive.
December 16, 2016, 12pm PST | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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In a move to build infrastructure for electric trucks, Colorado officials are planning a public-road test of battery-charging technology that will charge trucks as they drive. 

"The Colorado pilot will focus on freight-moving vehicles because they emit the most pollution and supporting their shift to electric power could have a big impact on air quality, the developers said." Erica E. Phillips writes for the Wall Street Journal.

This technology aims to address the issue of charge times for freight carrying vehicles. While there currently are electric trucks on the roads, the vehicles are uncommon. If they could charge as they drive, electric trucks would be a more cost-effective and practical solution for moving freight. "The Colorado Transportation Department and infrastructure developer Aecom Inc. are scouting potential sites, including busy roads near Denver International Airport, with a goal of launching in 2018," Phillips reports.

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Published on Thursday, December 8, 2016 in The Wall Street Journal
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