Depending on what you read and who you believe, you may not have high hopes for the immediate or even long-range use of electric transportation. On the last page of today’s Wall Street Journal, there is a small article that questions Tesla’s goal of 500,000 electric cars by 2018. The writer concludes the article, Tesla is great at “talking the talk, but not so good at walking the walk” – citing a developing pattern of failed goals and accomplishments for the electric car manufacturer.
One of the biggest obstacles for electronic transportation has been the ongoing challenge of size and weight of energy storage, or batteries. At least two States are experimenting with “electric charging roads” (Colorado and Nevada). But, it is the tiny Middle Eastern nation of Israel that is making promising breakthroughs to inductively charge electric vehicles. Watch the video below for more information.
All About ElectRoad's Electric Roads:
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Israel’s roads will soon eliminate the need to ever stop to recharge or refuel again! An Israeli company, ElectRoad (pronounced “electrode”) is paving the way toward a “greener world”. Their technology retrofits existing roads with buried coils to inductively charge electric vehicles. Successful tests of the new technology are completed and Israel will soon apply the “electric roads” to a public bus route in Tel Aviv. CEO Orin Ezer of ElectRoad says the electricity comes from renewable energy transferred to the road. Ezer says it is really sustainable as a solution, pointing out that an electric bus battery can cost $300K and weigh 5 tons. The technology is cost saving because it removes the battery, making the bus lighter and requires less energy. Compared to diesel buses, costs to operate are less than half the price. “If you start with public transportation it will save money and then you can open it up to taxis and trams. Payback is very fast,” says Ezer.
Flying cars? Meet George Jetson:
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It’s being done – again in Israel, with a military drone capable of carrying passengers! The Cormorant, a flying car, is a 1.5 ton passenger carrying drone capable of carrying about 1,000 lbs. and traveling about 115 miles per hour. Tal Inbar, head of the UAV (drone) research center at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, says “It (the Cormorant) could revolutionize several aspects of warfare, including medical evacuation of soldiers on the battlefield.”
Learn more in this article on "flying cars" from Reuters »
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