28 Jun '16, 7pm

Sweden Tests Electric Roads to Give EVs Unlimited Range

Renewables are critical to the future of efficient, clean transportation. For road vehicles, storing those renewables, and then using them only when necessary, is still a major obstacle to commercial success. In Sweden, the government is partnering with the private sector to deploy new technology that could allow electric vehicles to travel on roads indefinitely, without having to worry about lengthy recharging or massive battery packs. Is it fusion power? Dark matter? Black magic? Nope: overhead wiring . Sweden's latest foray into roads that can provide electric power to vehicles is perhaps one of the least futuristic options possible, but that doesn't necessarily make it any less effective. A two-kilometer pilot stretch of the E16 motorway has been equipped with overhead caternary wires, and trucks modified with pantographs are running tests to see how well the it works....

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