Sounds pretty neat, eh? Wouldn’t it be nice never to have to worry about running out of fuel or charge ever again? And also to not have to pay for it would be even better! Well, that is potentially what is about to happen over in Israel right now as testing continues into electric roads that can wirelessly charge electric vehicles as they’re moving along.
The Israeli startup responsible for this crazy innovative product is Electroad, and their main goal is to apply a greener technology to existing roads that would eliminate the need for an electric car ever to stop to recharge and reduce global emissions in the process. Successful tests have already been completed, and the next steps for the company will involve laying down the roads on a much larger scale along a bus route in Tel Aviv.
Electroad will be a much cheaper, cleaner, and efficient way to travel once implemented. It’s designed using electromagnetic induction, which is what powers the vehicles with renewable energy while it whizzes along the road. CEO of the company, Oren Ezer, says, “Our technology is flexible. Only copper and rubber is needed, and deployment is quick and easy. You can retrofit one kilometer of road in just half a day, from night to morning.”
The first focus for Electroad is on making this amazing technology available for public transportation systems. Once systems have been successfully implemented there, the company will move on to the private transit market. New testing will involve a public electric bus driving along the electric road. The bus will have a small battery fitted to allow it to drive without an electric current for up to five kilometers if necessary.
Ezer said, “We remove the energy source. The electricity will come from renewable energy transferred to the road. This is a sustainable solution. Battery for an electric bus can cost $300,000 and weigh 5 tons. If you remove the battery, then the bus is much lighter and requires less energy. This technology is cost saving. If you compare it to diesel buses, it’s half the price.”
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