Companies developing concrete solutions that will allow roads to recharge electric vehicles
HOLCIM are partnering with German start-up firm Magment to improve their magnetizable concrete technology for road surfaces that allow electric vehicles to recharge wirelessly while in motion.
Known as ‘inductive charging’, this breakthrough concrete-based solution which reduces the need for charging stations, while saving time, is made possible by a special concrete with high magnetic permeability, jointly developed by Holcim and Magment’s research and development teams.
The technology is currently being tested in the US by researchers at Purdue University 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 Centre, 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.’
Mauricio Esguerra, co-founder and chief executive officer of Magment GmbH, commented: ‘We are proud to collaborate with a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions like Holcim. By developing superior grades of our magnetizable concrete technology, we will be a key enabler for the sustainable, electric transportation of the future.’