Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The World's First Road-Powered Electric Vehicle Network Is Now Open

 

South Korea continues to pull out all the stops on the long road to a high-tech utopia. Last year, the city Yeosu hosted the Expo 2012, an international exhibition that highlighted emerging technology and design that attracted 8 million visitors over three months. Today, the nation has finally unveiled the world's first road-powered electric vehicle network for regular use.

Here's how it works. The network runs on newly-built roads that have electric cables and wires embedded below the surface. This allows for the magnetic-resonance transfer of energy to the network's vehicles, which not only already run on small batteries (about a third of the size of a typical electric vehicle) but also do not require the plug-in-and-recharge process common to other electric cars.

And despite current limitations—the network, centered in Gumi city, is only 15 miles long, sporting jus two public transportation buses called Online Electric Vehicles (OLEV)—the city plans on adding 10 more buses by 2015. Presumably the total mileage within networks stands to grow, as well. 
 For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-worlds-first-road-powered-electric-vehicle-network-is-now-open

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