Gallery: KAIST Hybrid Vehicles Run on Electric Roads


Hybrid-electric vehicles are expected to explode in popularity over the next decade thanks to their gasoline-saving abilities. But Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) thinks that battery-powered cars aren’t the answer to our energy crisis. Instead, KAIST has developed a new kind of electric vehicle that forgoes batteries entirely and instead relies on power from cables buried beneath the road.

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  1. Mr. Yew August 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

    This technology is very impressive. I wonder whether it could be implemented economically in a New Development Area, whereby the cars used within this area can enjoy the recharging facility.

    Let me introduce myself. I’m developing an area of approx. 2500 acres in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia in a Hi-Tech Park. Please refer to my website: for further details of my development.

    This is green technology, whereby our country is giving a lot incentives for us to implement it. May have some further thoughts from your expert’s opinion as to how I could implement this during the infrastructure stage of the road construction over the 2500 acres and having a lucrative business in the continual manufacturing of cars in our South East Asia Region.

  2. Seriously August 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    This…is a horrible idea. Even if there’s not a full charge being radiated into the strip at all times, even in a trickle mode huge amounts of energy will be lost over time. This is not the future of the electric car business, this is failure

  3. Brian Lang August 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Will it work in areas where it snows in winter?

  4. russ August 19, 2009 at 12:12 am

    They invented a cross between an electric tram and a golf cart! Wow!

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