One of the things that will significantly change the electric vehicle market when available is wireless charging. The problem for electric vehicles right now is limited driving range and the need to stop and plug-in to get more power. A group of scientists in Korea have devised a way to get around the problem with two electric buses that are able to wirelessly charge as they drive.
The two buses operate in Gumi city on a specially adapted network of roads spanning 15 miles. The special roads have electric cables lying underneath the surface. The wires magnetically transfer power to the buses known as Online Electric Vehicle coaches. Those cables charge the buses when they are stopped in traffic or driving around their route.
Wireless charging technology was developed at the KAIST Graduate School for Green Transportation. Currently there are only two of these buses in operation, but the city plans to add another 10 within the next two years. Only about 15% of the road has to be replaced to fit the power cables.
via The VergeFiled Under: Auto News