Israel to test electric roads that wirelessly charge vehicles as they drive

January 4, 2017 by  
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Forget the charging port—the roads of the near future could power your electric car while you drive, eliminating the need to ever stop to recharge or refuel again. Israeli startup Electroad is working to pave the way towards a greener world with technology that retrofits existing roads with buried coils to inductively charge electric vehicles. The team has already performed successful tests of the technology, and will be demoing the electric roads on a larger scale with a public bus route in Tel Aviv . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkpcavw_vFI Founded with the goal of reducing global emissions, Electroad promises a more cost-effective, efficient, and cleaner way to travel. The startup uses technology that relies on electromagnetic induction —the basic principle behind wirelessly powering smartphones and rechargeable toothbrushes—to power electric cars with renewable energy while driving. Although other companies like Qualcomm and KAIST also work with wireless vehicle charging, Electroad’s CEO Oren Ezer says that while the concept is the same, the technology is different. “Our technology is flexible,” said Ezer. “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 installation process begins with an asphalt scraper that digs an 8-centimeter-deep trench. A second vehicle installs the wireless energy charging strips and fills the trench back up with asphalt. Smart inverters with real-time communication are installed on the sides of the road. A coil unit attached beneath the electric vehicle receives power transferred over a small 24-centimeter air gap. Radiation is minimized and locally shielded for driver and passenger safety. Related: KAIST Launches First Road-Charged OLEV Electric Buses in South Korea Electroad plans to focus on public transportation first before opening the platform up to private transit. The startup successfully tested their technology with an electric bus five months ago in Tel Aviv and opened 20 meters of retrofitted electric road outside their lab. Soon the company will test out the technology on a public electric bus with a set route in Tel Aviv. Since the bus will drive on electric roads, it won’t need to be recharged though it will have a small battery to allow the bus to drive up to five kilometers without an electric current. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ-DzXirW08 “We remove the energy source,” said Ezer. “The electricity will come from renewable energy transferred to the road. This is a really sustainable solution. A 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. If you just start with public transportation it will save money and then you can open it up to taxis and trams. Payback is very fast.” Ezer has a dream to turn all of Israel’s transportation electric with inductive charging. Electroad received a research and innovation grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 and recently completed a program at Capital Nature , an accelerator that focuses on emerging renewable energy in Israel. The startup plans to test their technology on a public bus route in Tel Aviv next year. + Electroad + Vibe Israel Tour courtesy of Vibe Israel Images © Electroad , last image © Lucy Wang

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BMW Announces Wireless Inductive Charging System for the i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

August 11, 2014 by  
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Electric vehicles are the future of personal transportation – but hooking your car up to a cable every time you stop can be a drag. Several automakers are working on wireless inductive technology that can recharge electric vehicles without cables – and BMW just announced that it’s testing the technology with its i3 and i8 electric vehicles. Read the rest of BMW Announces Wireless Inductive Charging System for the i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW , bmw i3 , bmw i8 , electric car , electric vehicle , electric vehicle charging , green car , green transportation , wireless inductive charging

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Volvo is Developing a Wireless Inductive Charging Pad for Electric Vehicles

October 25, 2013 by  
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Swedish automaker Volvo just announced that it’s working on a wireless inductive charger for electric vehicles . The charging pad is able to wireless charge any EV that parks above it using an electromagnetic field , and so far tests have yielded promising results. Read the rest of Volvo is Developing a Wireless Inductive Charging Pad for Electric Vehicles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cordless charging , electric vehicles , electromagnetic field , inductive charging , siemens , volvo , Volvo electric vehicles        

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Wireless Car Charging Could Be Here As Soon as 2013 from Companies Including Evatran, WiTricity, and HaloIPT

December 15, 2011 by  
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Wireless electric car charging , the technology many said was too inefficient or impractical to be a success, now appears to be a top priority for many automakers and electronics suppliers. We recently told you how Daimler was testing an inductive charging system for the next-generation Mercedes E-Cell vehicle, and we already know Nissan is working on a system for the 2014 LEAF as well as quick-charging systems that can power your house in reverse. Now we’ve discovered that Evatran is making hubcap-sized wireless charging systems for both the LEAF and the Chevy Volt that should be available through Sears next year. And there’s more. Read the rest of Wireless Car Charging Could Be Here As Soon as 2013 from Companies Including Evatran, WiTricity, and HaloIPT Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amazon , chevy volt , Conductor-Wampflix , Delphi , electric car , electric vehicle , ev , evatran , general electric wattstation , haloipt , inductive car charging , inductive charging , Infiniti EV , International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection , Mercedes E-Cell , Nissan Leaf , Rolls-Royce 102 EX Phantom , Sears , wireless car charging , wireless charging , witricity

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Daimler Is Attempting To Make Its B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging

December 6, 2011 by  
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Daimler is working hard to make its B-Class E-Cell plug-in hybrid not need to plug in at all. The automaker is attempting to integrate wireless inductive charging into the green E-Cell, and says it has nearly achieved success. Inductive charging is a system by which a vehicle or other electronic device can be charged simply by being placed above or on a charging plate. The problem up till now has been that this system isn’t a very efficient way to charge a vehicle, but Daimler says it has achieved efficiencies of 90% already. Read the rest of Daimler Is Attempting To Make Its B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Daimler B-Class E-Cell , Daimler inductive charging , Daimler plug-in hybrid , electric car , electric vehicle , green automotive design , green car , green transportation , green vehicle , hybrid car , hybrid vehicle , inductive charging , inductive vehicle charging , plug-in hybrid , wireless charging , wireless vehicle charging

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Amusement Park Powers EVs Using Electric Toothbrush Technology

March 9, 2010 by  
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Last year, we watched as Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a new kind of electric vehicle that relies entirely on power from cables buried beneath the road–no outside recharging required. Now the system has been unveiled in its first real-world test location: the Seoul Grand Park amusement park in southern Seoul. Read the rest of Amusement Park Powers EVs Using Electric Toothbrush Technology Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean transportation , electric vehicle , ev , EVs , green design , green transportation , hybrid bus , inductive charging , kaist , magnetic energy , olev , phev , seoul , south korea

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