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World's first electric buses that 'charge as they drive' hit roads in South Korea

London, Aug 08 : A couple of Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) buses, that can recharge while driving over specially equipped asphalt, have hit South Korea roads.


According to the project's developer, the 12km route is the first of its kind in the world, the BBC reported.

The vehicles, which are fitted with compatible equipment, do not need to stop to recharge and they can also be fitted with smaller than normal batteries.

Two public buses are already using the technology and there are plans to add 10 more by 2015.

Dong-Ho Cho, who led the team behind the scheme at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), said that this is certainly a turning point for OLEV to become more commercialised and widely accepted for mass transportation.

However, another transportation expert, Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis from the Centre for Automotive Industry Research at Cardiff University, claimed that though there is a lot of potential for this technology for public transport applications, for private electric vehicles the cost of fitting all roads with such systems may be prohibitive.

--ANI (Posted on 09-08-2013)

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