Turning Roadways Into Range-Extenders For EVs

October 8, 2009

Wireless charging has become fairly commonplace for cell phones and other handheld devices (even backpacks can do it), and now, that same technology may be coming to the aid of EVs. A German outfit called Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr has a patent for an electromagnetic induction system that would sit beneath roadway surfaces and charge EV batteries as cars pass above. The company is running prototypes now and hopes to make a product commercially available within three years. The concept is pretty straightforward, but there's a video (in German) on the company site if you got nothing better to do a Thursday. [Gas2.0]

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