One of the greatest challenges facing the electric vehicle (EV) market has been the mainstream car industry's insistence that EVs are "inconvenient" because they need to be plugged into an outlet to charge, and otherwise have had a somewhat limited range. Despite the fact that EVs' mileage is more than adequate for over 90 percent of Americans based on the average number of miles traveled per day, this perception persists.
However, a recent invention may soon change all that and help consumers finally feel confident that they can enjoy all the same freedoms with an EV that they can in a traditional gas guzzler.
The World Economic Forum recently named the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology's (KAIST) online electric vehicle one of the most promising technologies of 2013, according to green news source EarthTechling.
Online electric vehicles, or OLEVs, are enabled with electromagnetic technology that allows them to recharge their batteries while on the road, through simple cables buried beneath the surface. This means that they can reduce the number of batteries necessary to power a vehicle and don't need the regular plug-in that a typical EV requires.
KAIST OLEV trams are in operation at the Seoul Amusement Park, where they transport passengers between attractions, as well as in Germany and the United States. If you happen to be in West Covina, California, check out the OLEV currently running the Foothill Transit Line 291. The technology was originally designed by the organization in 2009.
Though individuals can only experience OLEVs in a limited number of cities at present, this promising technology could one day become our primary method of transportation. Stay tuned for more green industry updates from LifeIsGreen.com.