Israeli company drives loaded electric bus on innovative roads
Jerusalem, June 2 (Xinhua) – An Israeli company operates a public bus in Tel Aviv that is charged wirelessly from an electric road as part of a pilot program to test new technologies.
Oren Ezer, CEO and co-founder of ElectReon, said the bus “can run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and does not need to be stopped to be charged.”
In an interview with Xinhua, Ezer said that the bus gets all the energy it needs to travel “from the road” and the bus is constantly charged “while the bus is in motion.”
The underlying technology works on long-known principles of physics, “wireless charging or induction was invented about 100 years ago,” Ezer said.
Nonetheless, Elez pointed out that the challenge is to implement the laws of physics into real-world technology.
In November 2020, Electron employees placed a copper coil under approximately 600 meters of asphalt on a 2,000-meter test road near Tel Aviv University and installed additional equipment that was barely visible at side of the road.
“There is a management unit that checks 60 reels every 100 meters. In addition, each coil can be controlled individually, “you can see the energy transmitted to the bus through all the coils”. , said Dimitri Rachlin, the company’s integrator.
The management units along the electric road transfer energy from the electric grid to the road infrastructure and manage communication with the bus.
The innovative software screen installed on the bus shows how much power the bus is receiving from the route, and more parameters are examined during the test.
“We know the speed, the position and the amount of energy we are receiving at each moment,” Rachlin told Xinhua.
At the bottom of the pilot bus is a receiver that sends energy from the copper coiled under the asphalt on the road to the bus engine and the relatively small lithium battery at the back of the bus. movement.
If the pilot project is successful, more electric roads will be paved in the coastal city of Tel Aviv and the rest of Israel. Meanwhile, ElectReon is carrying out similar pilot projects in other countries such as Sweden, Italy and Germany.
According to the company’s strategy, the first users in Israel are public transport, such as buses, taxis, and organizations that own large vehicles. After that, any electric vehicle owner will be able to use wireless charging while driving on innovative roads.
According to ElectReon, the solution for charging an electric vehicle can easily change 30% of a particular route, without the large charging points required by other solutions.
“The world is moving towards electric vehicles, and the main challenge is to electrify them,” said Elez, saying that it is almost impossible to have enough charging stations in the world for all of these vehicles. I underlined.
According to Erez, installing wireless devices under the road will allow electrification of large vehicles. This is especially true in cities where there is no room to install new infrastructure, such as large charging stations.
ElectReon’s next challenge is to expand the technology from multiple demonstration projects with several kilometers of road to much longer road sections.