Electric vehicles (EVs) produce less emission, have higher efficiency and generate less noise. However, driving range of electric vehicles is limited. Together with an electrified highway lane, a wireless system which recharges battery modules and a concept that energizes vehicles through solar panels and wind turbines installed along the way could contribute to an absolute zero pollution transportation system independent from the main grid.
“Concept Five” consists of equipment and devices to enable EVs to collect electricity from dedicated highway lanes to energize their motors and recharge their battery modules on the go. In addition, the project extend those novel functions to also control the driving of those vehicles according to the topography of the highway as well as proximity of other vehicles, pedestrians, etc., in order to make them fully independent from human errors.
The way it was designed, its functionality would be viable without or with very little application of high-tech devices, as compared to the many concepts of on experimental road tests in Europe, North America and Asia involving autonomous driving as well as wireless transmission of electricity from driving lanes to EVs.
In fact, the latter has been designed to just recharge battery modules while driving, whereas “Concept Five” will do that plus energize the vehicle partially or even fully, with the help of solar panels and wind turbines installed along the way.
The concept could make an electrified highway independent from the grid, as with a proper backup of stationary battery modules retired from vehicles, it could even “lend” energy to the main grid in emerging situations, same as the “Concept Three” instant battery swapping stations.
Positive impact on the environment and resources
“Concept Five” very likely would take investments of gigantic proportions in order to make it a norm, however on the other side of the coin, it will reap great profits on the long run with huge environmental benefits. It will also help on the traffic congestions of highways, a problem affecting all large cities around the world with a tremendous waste of time and money, not to mention the disastrous emission of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other poisonous gases into the air humans breathe.
There are studies demonstrating an average flow on a typical highway lane of around 2,500 vehicles per hour. There is an estimate for the increase of that flow to approximately 20,000 vehicles per hour, per lane, running at around 120 kilometer per hour on platoon mode and drivers’ hands off steering wheels.
In fact, “Concept Two” vehicles not even have any outdated steering wheel (instead, they have a futuristic aviation yoke sporting a full fledge alphanumerical keyboard with mouse clicks on both handles for infotainment, ideal also for texting on the go. with the autopilot mode on).
Needless is to mention the dramatic savings of resources “Concept Five” could provide on highway lanes duplication, construction of new ones, light rail projects, land acquisition, etc. They could instead be applied, with an alliance with utility companies and petrol distributors, on the construction of “Concept Three” stations.
Consequently, banks, private investors, automotive and other industries would find interest on investing in “Concept Two”, other brands of electric vehicles and other kinds of charging stations. That would definitely put a final stop on energy, time and money waste, highway grid-lock plus the pollution caused by an over a century old outdated fossil fueled land transportation.
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Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.