If you drive an electric car, one thing you would always think of is the battery level of your car. Similar to fuel engine cars running out of gas, it could be disconcerting to find out that your electric car has run out of power, especially on long trips. Most fully electric cars on the market only offer a range of 75 to 100 miles. This certainly wouldn’t do if you need to get somewhere really far. So, unless someone comes up with electric roads, electric cars are pretty limited.
Actually, electric rods might soon be a thing. Israeli company Electroad has pioneered a technology that would solve the problem of electric cars needing to charge often. This is by way of creating special electric roads which would charge your car wirelessly while you drive. This way, the company removes the energy source from the vehicle, reduces the weight (and the cost) of the car, and eliminates concerns about driving distances in electric cars.
Here’s how it works: cars would be fitted with contacts on the undercarriage, which would receive electricity while driving over the electric roads. The roads are designed to give the cars enough energy to power them as well as charge their batteries.
Currently, the Israeli government has announced plans to work with Electroad to create more electric roads. The government intends to create bus routes in Tel Aviv using the electric road technology. If this works out, the Israeli government plans to implement the technology more widely. According to the chief scientist at Israel’s Ministry of Transport, if this system works in Tel Aviv it would work anywhere.
Already, tests have been carried out by Electroad at Caesarea, and Qualcomm has carried out their own tests on a 100m stretch of road. Also, Israel’s Ministry of Transport has given a grant of $120,000 to further research. If this is successful, it could revolutionize the transportation industry as a whole.