In S. Korea, Roads Power Electric Buses
City electrifies its roads to power public vehicles
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak test dirves Hyundai's electric vehicle.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Chun Soo-young)

(Newser) – The future is now—in the South Korean city of Gumi, anyway, which just enabled 15 miles of road to recharge electric cars as they drive along, Business Insider reports. Cables about a foot underground generate a 20-kHz electromagnetic field, which is absorbed by a coil in the bottom of the vehicle, ExtremeTech explains. The system now works with two public buses, but 10 more are planned by 2015. Each has a battery one-third the size of a standard electric vehicle's, which makes the system even more efficient, as the buses weigh less and consume less energy.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 9, 2013 1:30 AM CDT
You may be near that much power now, or a fraction of the power but the same system. How about the inductive stoves that are popular. Or just the hot plate system where the burner never gets hot because its just a coil and only the frying or saucepan gets hot. I remember this bumper car system that used to be in a local mall. It was different than the usual amusement park system because it drew power from dc charged lines in the floor. To be safe, you were not allowed to exit the car when the system was charged. But even if you did, you would not be killed by the dc system. The cars had a battery and capacitor system that kept them running through the pulses they received as you drove around the track. It was much better than the ceiling brush system used at most parks. They took out the track and added more games in its place. It operated as a large arcade from the mid 80's to about three years ago when it finally closed.
1freeusa
Aug 8, 2013 9:31 PM CDT
meanwhile we are developing the most sophisticated police state in the world. Should it be a option to replace congress, defund the military, the I R S, and the Pentagon. basically replace this military government before we become a third world empire instead of a second rate nation.
Crotalus
Aug 8, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
Keep in mind people, this is a prototype model, I am sure they will improve with use and study. What a smart idea.