Recharging Roads for Electric Cars

Roads that can recharge electric buses? Been there, done that says South Korea.

In July this year, the Korean city of Gumi brought out two electric buses that can power up from specially modified segments of the road.

Image from http://singularityhub.com/2013/08/25/korean-road-wirelessly-charges-new-electric-buses/


Each 'charging' section of road has 180kW power sources embedded within.  Only 5-15% of the existing road needs to be rebuilt to accommodate the wireless charger, though each modified section costs about about $4 million.

This idea provides a potential solution to the issue of finding a place to recharge electric vehicles on the go. Although it may not be feasible in many places (given high costs and political support required for this), it could be great for heavily trafficked routes carrying lots of buses.  Surely it could also be adapted to suit electric cars as well.  Roads are getting smarter.

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