Wireless Charging Concrete for your EV?

Just imagine coming home from a hard day’s work, driving your vehicle into your garage, and parking it on your clean and beautiful epoxy flooring. You walk into your house and finish the day, but you didn’t plug in your EV. You don’t worry, however, because you know your garage floor is wirelessly charging your EV for you! That may sound like science fiction, but with the development of a specialized material from a company called Magment, we may be seeing a future like this soon.

Using Concrete as an Electrical Charger

Wireless charging uses induction coils to create a magnetic field that recharges electrical batteries without direct connection through wires or cables. Many people already place their phone or smart watch on a little pad, and within hours, their device is fully recharged. The Germany company Magment takes that concept and makes it bigger – big enough to create a track on a roadway. The product blends concrete with ferrite, which is a mixture of recycled magnetic particles. They form this mixture into customizable shapes. When an electric current is introduced, the magnetic particles boost the electrical field to it can wirelessly charge compatible batteries.
The state of Indiana is developing a highway infrastructure using Magment products to charge electric vehicles as they drive down the road. Several companies in Germany are also pouring research and development into wireless road charging. Already, some industrial floors use this system to charge their electric forklifts as they move throughout their facility. You might also see magnetized pavement in pads or other structures outside of commercial areas to charge electric scooters, bikes, or other electrical devices. It’s only a matter of time before we see special EV parking stalls with magnetized concrete in place to charge vehicles parked there – without having to plug in.

Epoxy Flooring and Electrical Charging?

If this technology takes off, many people will want to bring it into their homes. But to charge an EV properly, the induction coils will need to be placed under the concrete surface. If you are building a new home, the technology can be put in place and the concrete poured over it, but if you concrete is already in place, significant renovation might be necessary. In either scenario, once everything is set and ready, you’ll want to protect both the concrete and the charging station underneath.
Epoxy coatings are by far the best choice. Epoxy coatings are resilient, designed to take a pounding. They endure scrapes, gouges, vibrations, and spills. That way, your concrete and the technology within never has to. They are also customizable, allowing you to choose the look and feel of the final product. Using color flakes, micas, granules, metallics, prints, and patterns, you can make your epoxy-coated charging station look and feel just the way you like it.

Concrete Diem

Of course, there’s no need to wait for a charging station to be installed. Research and development of new technologies often goes in directions no one ever expects. But your concrete still needs protection here and now, and Nevada Custom Coatings in Reno is the best choice to provide it. So, seize the opportunity to find out more. Give our office a call or schedule a free onsite consultation online. Let us know if you intend to use an electric vehicle in your garage, or how you want your kitchen floor to match your countertop. Show us what motif you’d like to see on your concrete floor, or the logo you want embedded right at the front door. We might not be able to charge your EV, but epoxy coatings from Nevada Custom Coatings will certainly charge your imagination!

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