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Japanese unveil electric car that doesn’t need battery

Staff writer ▼ | April 25, 2016
Toyohashi University of Technology and Taisei has unveiled the first electrical car in the world that will run without a battery.
Technology   Receiving the charge from an electrified road
The car will be receiving its charge from an electrified road. The unveiling was in the form of a test drive in Toyohashi, in the Aichi Prefecture.

The small vehicle moved over the electrified surface, which had two rail-like steel paths spaced to match the car’s special tires. The charge is derived from steel wires embedded in them, which serve as a conduit.

The drive lasted for 30 meters at a speed of 10km/h, and, according to Professor Takashi Ohira, as cited by Kyodo: “Acceleration was smooth, and the ride was comfortable.”

Where others currently fail, the Toyohashi/Taisei Corp. vehicle excels: it can drive long distances without the battery expiring, so running out of power is never an issue.

The downside is that the new vehicle can only run on special roads. However, Ohira says it’s not a matter of changing entire roads, rather fitting existing ones with the new technology.