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Old 03-10-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Default Korea unveils the ‘future of transport’ — the Online Electric Vehicle

Its inventors believe that this is the future of urban transport — but it was hard not to be underwhelmed as the test vehicle trundled around a circuit on the edge of the South Korean capital.

The first public demonstration of the Online Electric Vehicle, or Olev, was, however, as much about the road on which it travelled as the prototype bus itself. Electric power strips have been buried 30cm (12in) under the surface and connected to the national grid.

They provide electromagnetic power to the vehicle, wirelessly, charging an onboard battery and powering the bus’s electric motor. The power strips need to be embedded in only 20 per cent of the length of a road to keep the vehicle running.

The system’s creators, at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, say that the technology not only eliminates pollution, but also alleviates the problems usually associated with hybrid vehicles such as heavy batteries, lengthy charging and limited range.

“Of all the world’s electric vehicles, this is the most economical system,” the president of the institute, Suh Nam-pyo, told reporters. “I dare say this is one of the most significant technical gains of the 21st century.”

The institute foresees buses as the first public beneficiaries of the technology, with the creation of dedicated electric bus lanes.

If the technology is later applied to cars the power from two nuclear plants, or their equivalent,would be enough to run every vehicle in South Korea indefinitely, the institute says.
The Korean system has developed technology that was pioneered in California in the 1990s, and overcome several problems associated with it then, including shielding users from the potentially harmful effects of electro-magnetic radiation.

The institute hopes to see the system running commercially by 2013. However, Korean carmakers such as Hyundai and Kia have not joined the project. “Companies in well-established fields are very afraid of new technology,” Dr Suh said.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:47 AM   #2
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This is actually an interesting concept. Instead of having an infrastructure of outlets to plug-in everywhere, one just has a few major roads outfitted with this recharging technology. Here are some of the pitfalls. To take avdantage of this, your electric vehicle must be able to receive this wireless energy. Secondly, how do you charge ppl for this service? Having an infrastructure of outlets might be simpler and more practical to be compatible with all different type of electric technologies.

I can see parking meters outfitted with outlets. Have some sort of fast pass fob on your keychain. Pull upto a meter, plug in your vehicle, swipe your RFID fob at the meter and the juice starts flowing. You are now paying for both the electricity and your parking at the same time. When you are ready to leave, swipe your fob again and the juice stops and your meter stops as well without any time left unused and no bucket full of change needed.
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Linear motors are a very interesting prospect for major traffic routes that still aren't big enough to justify rails. This isn't quite the same but it's getting close.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:53 AM   #4
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What is really interesting is that the road only needs conductor for about 20% of the route.

Billing could be accomplished via RFID readers embedded along with the power coils. Or just roll it into the annual vehicle registration fee (IOW, local govt supplies both the road and the power to travel it - this would never fly in America, of course, but in the rest of the world it'd work fine.)
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:43 PM   #5
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ok, so people are scared of radiation from cell phones, but a road that magically powers a car is ok.

Seriously, eventually, some gov't bureaucrat will have a pistol grip to govern my speed like I did on my old AFX race sets.
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