Fiat kitted out a 500 EV to charge wirelessly while driving

The idea of EV wireless charging while on the road is gradually gaining traction — and not without a reason. Juicing up your car while driving removes the hassle of stopping at a charging station and would end range anxiety once and for all.

Stellantis is the latest automaker to explore the capabilities of Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT) — the tech that allows EVs to recharge as they travel over specially equipped, dedicated road lanes.

What’s Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer?

DWPT is basically a system of coils placed under the asphalt. They emit an electromagnetic field that’s picked up by vehicles driving over them and, in turn, converted into electricity by a special receiver.

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That way, road infrastructure can feed energy to the electric motor, conserving the battery’s charge and extending the vehicle’s range.

Stellantis’ pilot project

Stellantis built a dedicated circular test track called Arena del Futuro (Italian for “Arena of the Future”), where it tested an outfitted Fiat 500 EV.

You can check out how the circuit works in the video below:


According to the automaker, the test demonstrated that an EV like the Fiat 500 can travel at average highway speeds without consuming the battery’s energy. It also showed that the efficiency of the energy flow from the asphalt to the car is comparable to the typical efficiency of fast charging stations.

Arena del Futuro