While a number of people hesitate to buy electric cars in order to shrink the possibilities f running out of battery, hence causing headache and technological research for car owners, they have come up with the idea of recharging a car while driving, the first of its kind in Sweden and the world.
eRoadArlanda project, the company responsible for this Auto technological revamp is developing technology for electrifying roadways. According to its project supervisor, Hans Sall, the system works by retrofitting roadways with a thin metal rail that delivers a charge to electric cars passing overhead.
“This is a solution that you can implement in the existing infrastructure. You don’t have to build new roads.”
It’s simple and very easy, car owners who wish to charge need to have a special connecting rod installed on the undercarriage.
“When you reach this kind of electric road, the connector will automatically go down and pick up electricity. As a driver, you don’t need to think about it at all.”
Researchers are now testing the technology using a truck on a 1.2 mile stretch of public road in Sweden.
There’s a long way to go before electric roads become common. But Säll says if it catches on, the technology may enable auto companies to build cars with smaller, less expensive batteries.
And, it could help reduce drivers’ anxiety about running out of power on the road.