Israeli Startup tests first electric road

in Economy & Innovation

Charging batteries of e-vehicles could become yesterday’s affair if this experiment goes well: Israeli startup ‘Eletroad’ embedded copper chains into a street in northern Tel Aviv. This enables e-vehicles to charge simply by driving on this street via under-the-road electric charging beds that are connected to a power converter.

According to ElectRoad the electric lines can be integrated into urban roads at a rate of one kilometre per day. Each charging kilometre enables busses to run for another five kilometres on a regular road while private vehicles can stretch the time until the next charge even further.

The startup joined forces with the city’s municipality after having received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

However, now the experiment will show if the technology is up to defy heat, cold and humidity along with vehicle traffic.

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