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NYC Manhole Covers Could Soon Charge Your Electric Car’s Battery

New York City’s iconic (and sometimes terrifying) manhole covers haven’t changed in decades, but they may be about to gain a whole new purpose—as charging stations for electric cars and trucks.

According to Wired’s Damon Lavrinc, a pilot program will test the possibility of turning ordinary manhole covers into wireless charging stations for electric vehicles. Here’s how it’ll work: You’ll be able to use an app to find an open spot (a bit like Citibike’s app), then roll up and park above one of the covers. The app’s integrated payment system will let you track and pay for the amount of energy you’re sucking up from the energy pad below.

The system is unique from traditional wireless inductive charging systems—the sort you might use for your phone—because it uses resonance charging, which is faster and less wasteful. Lavrinc explains:


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