Electric vehicles are becoming more common on Colorado’s roadways because of their ability to increase vehicle efficiency, reduce the cost of transportation operations and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. While the cost of smaller passenger electric vehicles has decreased over time, bigger vehicles like freight trucks are still substantially more expensive due to the large and costly batteries required for even short-range trips.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), through its RoadX program, is looking to support solutions to this challenge by advancing a technology that shifts the stored energy from batteries located on the vehicles to the roadway itself. CDOT, working in partnership with AECOM, is investigating a pilot project to develop a wireless technology that will allow vehicles to charge their electric batteries as they are driving over a roadway at full speed. This technology has been tested on a closed track and has been proven to transfer energy safely without impacting how the vehicle operates. The Smart Powered Lanes pilot project could deploy this technology in live traffic for the first time in the United States on an initial segment of up to two miles of Colorado roadway.
POWER AS YOU GO
1. Roadside equipment efficiently connects to the utility grid and distributes power to the roadway.
2. Power source embedded into the roadway wirelessly transfers energy to vehicles while in motion.
3. Minimal power storage is needed within the vehicle because the batteries receive power from the roadway on the go, allowing longer trips and less battery storage.
SMART POWERED LANES
Lower cost to electrify fleet vehicles
Better fleet efficiency with electric vehicles that don't need to stop to charge
Cleaner vehicle fleets that are not reliant solely on fossil-based fuels
Reduce transportation operations costs
Minimal changes in operations, maintenance and required facilities
1. Lower cost to electrify fleet vehicles
2.Better fleet efficiency with electric vehicles that don't need to stop to charge
3.Cleaner vehicle fleets that are not reliant solely on fossil-based fuels
4.Reduce transportation operations costs
5.Minimal changes in operations, maintenance and required facilities
JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY
CDOT SMART POWERED LANES
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Stapleton North
Room Aspen III A-B
4040 Quebec Street, Denver 80216
CDOT, with our technology partners, invites you to an open forum to ask questions, learn more about the technology and let us know your concerns and requests. Help us determine heavily traveled routes that would benefit from
this innovative technology, understand the demand for electrified fleets and identify issues we can address early to drive adoption of this technology. Partnerships with business owners and fleet operators are paramount to developing this pilot project and, more importantly, making smart powered lanes available sooner.
If you can’t attend the forum but would like to stay in touch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll keep you involved in our development.