This new pilot program will include the installation of a 600-meter recharging system that would be placed under the two-kilometer bus route between the Tel Aviv University Railway Station and the Klatzkin Terminal in Ramat Aviv.
The idea is as simple as it could be: the charging system uses copper coils installed under the road and is connected to electricity, while a special receiver placed under the bus picks up the power and sends it "directly to the engine and battery." A special battery is needed, according to ElectReon, but on the other hand, such vehicles would be able to improve their autonomy without the need for stopping for charging.
Tel Aviv-Jaffa authorities hope that this system can be expanded to more routes across the city, although right now, it all depends on the results of this pilot program.
The benefits, however, are more than obvious. First of all, an electric road eliminates the need for recharging, thus addressing one of the biggest drawbacks of EVs in the first place. For public transportation, this means zero inactivity times, as the buses can just work for as long as needed given the continuous source of power.
Then, this implementation eliminates the need for a charging station and allows for smaller batteries to be installed in cars and buses, which instead make it possible to use the available space for other purposes.
On the other hand, the costs are likely fairly big since authorities would just have to lay underground cables on these roads, so it’ll definitely be interesting to see if the tests prove this is a good long-term investment or not.