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Electric Roads Charge Vehicles While you Drive

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Currently being tested in Tel Aviv, electric roads charge vehicles while you drive. It is being demonstrated on a public bus route with electric buses. The buses pass over the road and are wirelessly charged by coils underneath the road surface. They inductively charge the battery while powering the vehicle.

It is a cleaner, cheaper and energy saving technology that we should be seeing a lot more of in the near future. ElectRoad was founded in 2013 and set about their goal of eliminating the dependency on oil, with the aim to enable the large scale use of electric buses.

Focusing on public transport within cities, their first product was the ‘dynamic wireless electrification system for buses’. They have developed a unique technology that gives power to the vehicle from the road wirelessly and while in motion.

Magnetic conduction coils are placed 8cm below the ground. They can equip a kilometer of road with little or no disruption, overnight. Using 2 tractors, they dig a small line to place the coil and then tarmac over it.

The reduction in the cost and weight for the vehicles are dramatically reduced by using ElectRoad. It is a breakthrough in road technology that will pave the way for electric vehicle transit in the future.

CO2 emissions will be hugely reduced and depending on oil will no longer be a problem with the introduction of ElectRoad.

A standard electric vehicle requires a heavy battery and has limited energy capacity. The battery weighs around a third of the overall vehicle weight and can only drive a limited distance before needing to be charged.

Over time, these batteries need to be replaced, on average every few years. The battery for an electric bus can cost a whopping $300,000 and weighs 5 tonnes!

DWPT ( Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer ) eliminates the need for such battery. There are zero emissions and no recharging involved. Maintenance is minimal and operating costs are much lower. A battery can last up to 25 years.

The vehicles are fitted with transmitters underneath that power the vehicle whilst driving and also charge the battery. One small battery is still required onboard but it is just for acceleration. The vehicle can still travel for around 3 miles without needing to be on the charging road.

This really is a revolutionary technology. In 2015, ElectRoad received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and has won various awards. Dan invested NIS 3.1 Million for Biomedix shares up to NIS 5 Million at a company value of 90 Million.

The cost of construction will be shared by the transport ministry. Here is an idea of what it will look like –

electric recharging lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UK government committed £500 million ($784 million)  to advancing the technology. Highways England announced that it is embarking on an 18 month scheme to trial charging lanes after completing an early feasibility study. The testing won’t be on public roads yet.

Expect to see these kinds of public transport lanes in cities and electric recharging motorway lanes cropping up everywhere in the future.

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