Holcim tests magnetizable slabs’ electric vehicle charging potential

Sources: Holcim AG, Zug, Switzerland; CP staff

Holcim and Magment envision magnetizable concrete that could transfer power to the batteries of moving electric vehicles.

Holcim is partnering with Magment GmbH to improve the German startup’s magnetizable concrete technology for road surfaces enabling electric vehicles to recharge wirelessly while in motion. The breakthrough “inductive charging” solution could reduce the need for EV charging stations while saving drivers’ time.

Holcim and Magment’s Research & Development teams have formulated a unique concrete with high magnetic permeability, testing the technology at Purdue University in Indiana. Other magnetizable concrete applications under development include electrified industrial floors to recharge robots and forklifts as they work.

“We are innovating to put concrete at the center of our world’s transition to net-zero,” says Holcim Global Innovation Center Head Edelio Bermejo. “With Magment, we are excited to be developing concrete solutions to accelerate electric mobility. Partnering with start-ups all over the world, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation to lead the way in sustainability.”

“We are proud to collaborate with a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions like Holcim,” adds Magment Co-Founder and CEO Mauricio Esguera. “By developing superior grades of our magnetizable concrete technology we will be a key enabler for the sustainable, electric transportation of the future.”