March 26, 2012

JUST DRIVE, THEY SAID:

Holy &%$! inventions: These innovative creations, available now as prototypes, are rough drafts for technology that could be transformative when it's perfected. (CNN Money, 3/26/12)

What if your car could charge on the go? That wild idea is already being lab-tested.

Engineers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have developed technology for embedding in a highway electric coils that transfer powerto similar coils that could be built under cars. Passing over a single coil at 60 miles per hour won't amount to much, but a long stretch of them could give a car battery significant juice.

The technology doesn't come cheap: The bill could top $10 million per mile. The project envisions starting with specially marked "charging lanes" on small stretches of road. But the engineers suspect that price will come down significantly, especially if the coils become widespread enough to create competition in the market. That could make charging your car easier than going to the gas station -- you'd never have to stop.



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