Cornell Scientist Unveils Roadway That Charges Electric Cars While Driving

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Image by Cornell University Researchers at Cornell University are developing a special roadway that’s capable of charging vehicles’ batteries as they drive over its surface. It’s a bright vision of a future in which drivers are no longer tied to individual EV charging stations, allowing them to travel while simultaneously charging their cars’ batteries. “Highways would have a charging lane, sort of like a high occupancy lane,” Cornell associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and lead researcher Khurram Afridi told Insider . “If you were running out of battery you would move into the charging lane,” he added. “It would be able to identify which car went into the lane and it would later send you a bill.” The same technology could even make warehouses more productive, by allow autonomous forklifts and other machines to charge themselves while still in motion. According to Afridi, such a technology is still at least five to ten years out — but the effects of a wirelessly charging road could do wonders in a growing industry plagued by “range anxiety,” the worry of running out of juice while on the go. Such roadways would also alleviate pressure on charging infrastructure that is […]

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