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Urban Planning Gaze at Charging Stations

Urban planning designed roads can charge electric cars. ICAR started testing new integrated wireless charging stations on the roads to recharge electric cars able to run on them.

ICAR started testing new integrated wireless charging stations on the roads to recharge electric cars able to run on them.

Electric re-charging roads
Electric re-charging roads

Electric cars have a growing number of followers and this causes that research in this field continue their development. Now, the International Center of Clemson University for Automotive Research (ICAR) has begun testing new integrated wireless charging stations on the roads to be able to recharge electric vehicles simply by driving on them.

Electric re-charging roads
Electric re-charging roads

The project is backed by a multimillion dollar grant from the United States Department of Energy and is being carried out in collaboration with other companies such as Toyota, Cisco and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. So far we used to see such cars could be recharged through charging fixed stations, but soon we could see as reality mobile wireless charging for electric vehicles is made.

The fixed wireless charging technology has already been tested by the University and it seems that the tests have gone quite well.

It uses magnetic resonance to create a field between the ground loading coil and the copper coil of the vehicle itself, through which one can conduct electricity.

Now, the key technology for mobile communications system wirelessly, is the free WiFi communications system created by researchers at Oak Ridge and allows systems including ground stations communicate with the vehicles for recharging. The big difference between wireless chargers vehicles already exist today and the system is starting to try are the communication systems between transmission and the amount of energy that can be transferred.

The project idea is to create a series of stations in some highways that offer mobile wireless recharging electric vehicles that are equipped with mobile receivers to gather energy transmitted from the ground and converting it into electricity for recharging.

Other ways - ecotality fast charge render
Other ways – ecotality fast charge render

Researchers estimate that vehicles traveling on these roads that include dynamic wireless charging systems could increase their autonomy and would considerably filming electric cars were much more practical.

Among the evidence provided, it will also test the use of ultracapacitors in cars that can store energy in an electric field and then transfer it to the vehicle battery as needed basis. It certainly seems that these technologies offer great potential and could increase the interest in electric cars in the future hopefully be close. Do you plantearías buy an electric car if you do not have to worry about loading and autonomy is increased?