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Swinburne gains federal funding for EV charging platform development

Swinburne says wireless technology could help increase electric heavy vehicle uptake in Australia

Swinburne University has been provided a $3 million grant to help develop a platform that could enable electric trucks to charge as they drive along a highway. 

The technology aims to implement an embedded dynamic wireless charging into roads that will help unlock the uptake of electric heavy vehicles. 

Swinburne says electric heavy vehicles that have enough charge with heavy loads or over long distances could save Australia $324 billion by 2030 and contribute to a greener, safer and more efficient transport sector. 

“By seamlessly integrating dynamic wireless charging systems into our road infrastructure, we are setting the stage for a transformation in the heavy vehicle industry,” Project leader Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian says. 

“This collaborative effort is a perfect example of our shared vision for a sustainable transportation ecosystem that can significantly reduce our environmental footprint.” 

The $8.2 million prototype for embedding advanced wireless charging infrastructure on regional roads has been funded by the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants scheme, which supports short-term collaborative research projects. 

Project collaborators include Swinburne University, ACE Infrastructure, SEA Electric, Fleet Plant Hire, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Siemens, ARRB Group and Net Zero Stack. 

Swinburne says it is also the outcome of several years of study conducted by world-leading researchers and PhD students at its New Energy Technologies Research Group. 

The group has worked alongside Swinburne electrical renewable energy professor Saad Mekhilef and science, computing and engineering technologies school dean Alex Stojcevski. 

Stojcevski says the project will bridge the gap between research and the real world. 

“We are thrilled to be providing a platform for researchers to collaborate with leading industry partners and contribute to real-world solutions in the development of sustainable and innovative energy solutions for the future of transportation,” Stojcevski says. 

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