These Incredible New Buses Are Charged Wirelessly by the Road Itself
Imagine an electric vehicle that can travel endless distances without ever needing to stop at a recharging station. That sounds impossible, right? Because electric vehicles run on batteries, and at some point, you need stop and charge those batteries. Not this one.
Two new electric buses
just hit the streets
in the city of Gumi,
Researchers have high hopes for the technology, which was originally developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). The SMFIR tech was unveiled a couple of years ago at Seoul Grand Park, a zoo and amusement park in the country's capital, but the hope is roll it out in more cities over the next few years. Any why not? The start up costs are minimal since the power cables don't need to be laid under the entire road, just sections along the route, and because those sections are only activated when a bus drives over them, the power use is minimal.
In the larger scheme of things, it's hard to see SMFIR technology this being applied to regular passenger vehicles since you'd have to rip up all the roads everywhere to install the cables. However, there are plans to start sending OLEVs around the world. The next stop is the
Image via KAIST