Wednesday, March 10, 2010

South Korea Testing 'Recharging Roads'

Korea is currently testing Online Electric Vehicles (OLEV) in their Amusement Park in southern Seoul. This technology originally developed by the University of California, incorporates vehicles using power from buried electrical strips in the roadways. If this testing proves to be a success, they will be used in the capital's bus route.
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), which developed the system, says OLEV needs a  only one-fifth the size of conventional  and eliminates the need for major recharging.
Pick-up equipment underneath OLEV collects power through non-contact magnetic charging from strips buried under the road surface. It then distributes the power either to drive the vehicle or for battery storage.
With cost and present budgets aside...This concept would charge our own personal electric cars on all major highways/roadways. This would eliminate trying to find a charging station and pugging your car in whenever it is parked. Also on public transit like buses/trolleys, it would eliminate the use of overhead electric cables.

via physorg

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