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Wireless Charging Gives EV’s Infinite Range

Many hope that Electric Vehicles will develop to become the preferred transport, drastically reducing carbon emissions, and dependence on oil. However current EV’s suffer from several problems, the largest probably being the range that they can drive before the battery needs to be recharged.

Students at Toyohashi University along with a team of researchers at Toyota Central R&D Labs, led by Masahiro Hanazawa, have been developing the technology to wirelessly charge EV’s as they drive around. If successfully installed on a large scale, it could effectively give EV’s an infinite range.

The method is based upon the idea of a railway locomotive, which is powered through overhead wires. Their design will see electricity from power lines, converted into radio frequencies, which are then transmitted to an electric track buried beneath the road. The electricity, again in the form of radio waves can then be transferred through the four inches of concrete that make up the road and into a circular steel belt installed within the car tyres.
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