Central Florida to Build Highway with Electrified Charging Element

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Central Florida is embarking on an ambitious project to introduce a revolutionary concept in transportation infrastructure: a highway equipped with an electrified charging element, allowing electric vehicle (EV) owners to charge their cars while on the move.

The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is taking the lead in constructing State Road 516, a nearly five-mile highway designed to link Orange and Lake counties. This endeavor is of paramount importance as it aims to meet the increasing demand for efficient transportation connections between these rapidly growing areas.

One of the most noteworthy features of this highway is a half-mile stretch equipped with an electrified charging element. This cutting-edge technology enables EVs equipped with special receptors to charge while in motion, a concept referred to as dynamic charging.

The project has received unanimous approval from CFX’s governing board, signaling the commencement of the construction phase. With an estimated total cost of $534 million, the highway seeks to transform the way EVs are powered and utilized in the region.

This dynamic charging road is part of a pilot program initiated by CFX in collaboration with ASPIRE and ENRX. Construction is slated to begin next spring, with the entire expressway expected to be operational by 2027, marking a significant milestone in the development of sustainable transportation infrastructure for Central Florida.

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