South Korean road wirelessly recharges buses 南韓道路無線充電巴士

Mon, Oct 07, 2013 - Page 11

South Korea has switched on a road that can recharge electric vehicles as they drive along it. The project’s developer says the 12km route is the first of its kind in the world.

It means vehicles fitted with compatible equipment do not need to stop to recharge and can also be fitted with smaller-than-normal batteries. Two public buses are already using the technology and there are plans to add 10 more by 2015.

A device fitted to the bottom of the buses receives power from the road using a technology called Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance.

However, another transportation expert warned that the costs involved in installing the equipment meant it was less practical than other schemes that involved vehicles wirelessly charging at specific locations or using overhead cables.

(Liberty Times)

南韓一條可為行駛在上的電動車充電的道路,現在已經開啟電源。開發商說,這條十二公里的道路是全球同類型首見。

這代表安裝相容設備的車輛,不需要停車充電,安裝的電池也可以比正常尺寸小一點。二輛公車已經使用這項技術,二0一五年前計畫再增設十輛。

安裝在巴士底部的裝置,利用「形磁共振」技術,從道路上接收電力。

不過,其他運輸專家警告,安裝這種設備的成本,意味它的實用性比其他系統低,例如在特定地點充電,或使用架空電纜的系統。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)