Most of the people we meet who have hesitations regarding this bright, inevitable future of electric vehicles often express concerns over three things: driving range, charging time and charger availability. Given that charging stations aren't exactly a dime a dozen these days like gas stations are, it's easy to see why they're hesitant. But while other automakers are working on making chargers more accessible, our favorite automaker here at Volvo of Burlingame is looking to reinvent the road.

The idea behind their research right now is to wirelessly charge an electric vehicle by running electric currents through the road itself. More specifically, they're currently testing an approach that uses two power lines that run the entire length of a road's surface, thus allowing an electric vehicle to draw energy from the road using an on-board current collector.

Needless to say, it's quite the substantial undertaking, and if things catch on, we're looking at a whole lot of roadwork in our future.

"A lot of the years that remain before this is in our roads," says Mats Alakula, Volvo's expert on electric vehicles. "But if we are to succeed in creating sustainable transport systems, we must invest significantly in research now. I am convinced that we will find a cost-efficient way to supply electricity to vehicles in long-distance traffic and we have already come a long way in our research."1

First it was harnessing kinetic energy, now they're cutting out the middleman. As you've likely gathered, big thing are in the works for our lineup.

And if you'd like to learn more about the cutting-edge technologies that already come standard in these beauties, the experts in our car parts department await you at our dealership here in Burlingame, CA.

Source: 1http://green.autoblog.com/2013/06/21/volvo-testing-wireless-in-road-charging-system-for-evs/

 
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