Fri 24 June 2022:
There is a greater global push toward the adoption of electric vehicles as a result of the pollution that fossil fuels produce. Major automakers have already entered the market.
Having an electric car could be convenient and clean. However, it can cause us to have “range anxiety.” The worry of running out of power in the middle of nowhere may become a troublesome idea during longer travels. However, a Swedish project has discovered a creative approach and a fix for the issue.
A ‘smart road’ that charges big electric vehicles has been constructed. In order to charge your EV, you just need to drive it on this road. There doesn’t have to be a wire connecting your road to any charging point.
This road has been constructed in Gotland, a Swedish island 200 kims south of Stockholm. This smart road is 1.6 kilometres long. And there is no fear of anybody getting an electrical shock as the charging wires are buried under the road and aren’t even visible. The road appears like any other ordinary one in our neighbourhood.
The road is said to be world’s first such road that is designed to charge large vehicles and trucks.
How does it work?
Inductive electrical infrastructure beneath the asphalt charges vehicles as they drive, via an electrical receiver fitted underneath the vehicle. The system is compatible with all types of electric vehicles. Smartroad Gotland has installed 1.6 km of electric road on a 4.1 km section between the city of Visby and Visby Airport. The electric road is currently being used to operate a passenger shuttle bus to and from Visby Airport, as well as a heavy truck, in order to test and demonstrate the technology.
Fossil-free transport and other sustainability benefits
This world-leading technology offers an opportunity to substantially reduce the need for fossil fuels, while also cutting air and noise pollution in urban areas. Besides enabling fossil-free transport and sustainable mobility, electric roads offer many other benefits contributing to sustainable future transport:
• Use of smaller batteries in vehicles
• Shared charging infrastructure
• High utilisation
• No range anxiety
• High energy efficiency
• Lower vehicle weight, so less wear and tear on roads
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