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

(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.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak test dirves Hyundai's electric vehicle.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak test dirves Hyundai's electric vehicle.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Chun Soo-young)
A screenshot of a promo from Dongwen OLEV, the company behind the technology.
A screenshot of a promo from Dongwen OLEV, the company behind the technology.   (YouTube)
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