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Japan tests roads for EV wireless charging with 2025 goal

Embedded coils from Obayashi and Denso power cars while they drive

The lack of widespread charging stations presents a hurdle for bringing electric vehicles into the mainstream.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese construction group Obayashi and auto parts supplier Denso have started testing road pavement designed to power electric vehicles while they drive, aiming to have practical technology in 2025, Nikkei has learned.

At Obayashi's research center in Tokyo, a small EV was able to run almost continuously at 15 kilometers an hour on a course with uninterrupted lines of electrical coils embedded beneath the surface.

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