Roadways capable of recharging your electric vehicle while driving
An Israeli startup has developed a technology that recharges electric cars while they circulate.
“You're returning from a trip by car, it´s 2 A.M., the reserve tank has been complaining for 12 miles now and you can´t find any open gas station available”. Rings a bell, right? Is there anyone who has not experienced such an annoying situation?
An Israeli start-up can now turn all of it into a thing of the past, just as photograph development or programming a VHS device already are, since they have created a technology capable of recharging electric vehicles while on route.
Roads that charge electric cars as they drive
This “recharging” roadway devised by Electroad is based on electromagnetic induction technology and has performed so well during tests that the company is already planning on putting up the system in a Tel Aviv street. This is not the first attempt at doing such a thing, since the United Kingdom has also launched an 18-month study on recharging roads, but the novelty in Electroad's technology lies in its lower cost and its quick and easy implementation procedures even onto older roads.
According to their creators, the process involves scraping the tar off, digging a trench of around 8 cm / 3.15 inches and installing the wireless charging system, which will in turn be covered with tarmac. Smart power inverters are placed on both sides of the road and a coil attached under the vehicle will then receive the energy produced.
It is too early to ascertain if this system will be democratized to all electric vehicle drivers. For now, the company will focus on public transportation, and pilot testing on a bus route in Israel´s capital city will begin soon. But if the bus fleet always runs over lanes equipped with their technology, they claim that it will never need to stop at any charging station.
It seems like a science fiction script from the last decade, but as Einstein said, future “comes soon enough”.