In a world first, a pilot project using under-road electric infrastructure to charge public buses has been launched in Tel Aviv, where vehicles would be charging dynamically as they travel along the route.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has partnered with ElectReon and Dan Bus Company to launch the trial, which will run on 600 meters of electrified road along a two-kilometer route between Tel Aviv University Railway Station and Klatzkin Terminal in Ramat Aviv.
Following the completion of tests and integration of the technology within approximately two months, a Dan Bus Company electric bus will commence regular journeys on the route, according to Traffic Technology Today.
The technology uses copper coils embedded under roads and connected to the electricity grid, along with receivers installed under vehicles.
The city will evaluate the possibility of expanding the technology to more locations and for additional electric transportation, including public transit, distribution trucks, and private and autonomous vehicles.
The project is part of a municipal policy attaching great importance to electric vehicles and reducing air pollution in the city.
This will be carried out by constructing electric roads to encourage energy independent public transportation; placing EV charging stations in public spaces; and adopting innovative initiatives and technologies in various fields, including transportation.
The construction of an electric road to charge public transportation vehicles will make Tel Aviv-Yafo the first city in the world to roll out this type of technology for charging buses on a wide scale.