The Fiat 500 EV is ready to be charged wirelessly while driving

The idea of ​​wireless charging of electric cars while on the go is gradually gaining traction – and not without reason. Juicing your car while driving eliminates the hassle of stopping at the charging station and ends the worry of range once and for all.

Stellantis is the latest automaker to explore the potential of Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT) — the technology that allows electric vehicles to recharge as they travel through specially equipped, dedicated road lanes.

What is Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer?

DWPT is basically a system of files placed under asphalt. They emit an electromagnetic field, which is picked up by vehicles traveling over it and converted into electricity by a special receiver.

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In this way, the road infrastructure can power the electric motor, keeping the battery charged and extending the vehicle’s range.

Stellantis Pilot Project

Stellantis built a custom circuit test track called Arena del Futuro (Italian for “Arena of the Future”), where it tested the equipped Fiat 500 EV.

You can check out how the circuit works in the video below:

According to the automaker, testing has shown that an electric vehicle like the Fiat 500 can travel at average highway speeds without consuming battery power. It also showed that the efficiency of energy flow from asphalt to the vehicle is comparable to that of typical fast charging stations.

Arena del Futuro