Thursday, 11 April 2013

Electric Car Future Where You Never Have to Plug It In

This obviously mirrors the MIT research

Trio of engineers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) envision a future where electromagnetic induction embedded in roads continually power future electric vehicles.
Picture an all-electric vehicle cruising down the highway, emitting little noise and no noxious fumes. It’s such an improvement that you have to wonder why only a handful of all-electric vehicles are now available on the mass market.

Here’s a big reason: Picture the driver of that same car getting a call from a relative living far away who needs immediate help. Suddenly, the driver’s eyes become riveted on the most important indicator on the dashboard: the estimated number of kilometres that the car can go on the remaining battery charge. Will he make it to his relative’s house? Even if he does, will he find a charging station so he can get back home?

There’s a name for this modern misgiving: range anxiety, a new form of disquiet experienced by drivers of all-electric cars. The Nissan Leaf, for example, can be driven on the highway for only about 75 miles / 120 kilometres on a single charge, and fully charging up its batteries takes 8 hours or more.

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