Imagine driving a fully-electric vehicle and not plugging it in to recharge the batteries; simply driving down the highway could power it. That kind of research is underway at Purdue University.

Purdue has teamed-up with Germany-based Magment Concrete Wireless Power to advance electric transportation pilots at Purdue’s Discovery Park.

Magment is developing magnetized cement that can repower electric vehicles. The company says it’s more efficient than traditional charging systems.

 “For a company like Magment to collaborate with so many experts in the many different areas of research at Purdue is incredible. We have only scratched the surface of what is possible,” said Magment Chief Executive Officer Mauricio Esguerra.

As part of the Joint Transportation Research Program, company and Purdue researchers will be working on several applications for the technology, including micro-mobility scooters, autonomous electric utility vehicles, and robotic shop floor delivery systems.

“We are excited to work with the Magment team on the evaluation of e-scooter wireless charging technology,” said Darcy Bullock, director of the JTRP and professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue. “We view this pilot as a critical step in understanding how this technology can be scaled for use on larger electric vehicles.”

Bullock says the growth of electric transportation systems – in both consumer and industrial applications – demands faster and lower-cost solutions.