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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 01:20:37 pm »
Maybe they don't need to electrify the whole system, maybe they could create drive-through charging stations so you don't have to stop or get out of your car to charge it. All you do is drive through them slowly for a few minutes and they charge your car.

(the "slow driving" part can be done automatically by the car while you eat drive-thru pie+chips, obviously)
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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 01:21:44 pm »
Woah, they've reinvented the trolley bus or tramway or bump cars :palm:, because if they somehow expose the live rails as in the subway it will smell fried soon.

This shit will cost the taxpayers 20 million and will offer some minimal increase in range, also on the first real snow or rain it will get defective, completely canceling any advantage whatsoever.

Really this electrical roads crap, either producing or charging, makes the snake oil a respectable product, just with marketing problems.

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 01:28:59 pm »
This shit will cost the taxpayers 20 million and will offer some minimal increase in range, also on the first real snow or rain it will get defective, completely canceling any advantage whatsoever.

The video shows it in the snow - the Swedes know a thing or two about snow.



I admit there's a few technical challenges to overcome (eg. I'd probably put the rails further apart than that), but... it would be convenient.

(and it's not completely ludicrous - trolley buses and bumper cars work!)

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2018, 01:42:45 pm »
I cold think of some more impractical and cumbersome solutions, but it will be difficult  >:D.
If you limit the speed and path of the vehicle, then you've got railways, that are working very well, and they can use the clumsy electro trucks and van to transport the wares from the train station.

Also, the tones of copper buried in the streets will not be a magnet for thieves, no sir.

Let's admit it, is one of these projects specially made to look good on paper and suck subsidies for the "clean transportation" budget.

In Germany they've had another hare brained idea to store energy in some kind of stupid concrete spheres submerged in the sea, the most idiotic, fully financed by the government, project ever  :scared:.

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 02:06:28 pm »
Why not charge wirelessly? It works on my phone.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2018, 02:07:47 pm »
We've had buses wirelessly charged from the road for a few years now

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25621426

Well OK not quite the same thing...  :)
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2018, 02:08:37 pm »
Why not charge wirelessly? It works on my phone.

Might work, too. It certainly solves the "snow" problem.

What's the likely efficiency of that @ kW power levels?
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2018, 02:18:09 pm »
Those electric rails are not on the surface, they use a pickup in a buried conduit which the pickup goes into. That means the vehicle cannot attach or detach from the power rail unless there is a door for them to do so. Overall it's a useless boondoggle.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2018, 02:49:57 pm »
Those electric rails are not on the surface, they use a pickup in a buried conduit which the pickup goes into. That means the vehicle cannot attach or detach from the power rail unless there is a door for them to do so. Overall it's a useless boondoggle.

OK, but... that's only that one.

What if we admit there's a few technical challenges to overcome, what about the overall concept?

 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2018, 03:29:40 pm »
The same technical challenges that have existed for 120 years? This is literally 1890s technology. https://books.google.com/books?id=JgwAAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA484&lpg=PA484#v=onepage&q=conduit&f=false

But sex it up with "green" PR and you've got somebody a nice income for as long as they can keep the hype train going.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2018, 03:37:15 pm »
The same technical challenges that have existed for 120 years? This is literally 1890s technology. https://books.google.com/books?id=JgwAAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA484&lpg=PA484#v=onepage&q=conduit&f=false

But sex it up with "green" PR and you've got somebody a nice income for as long as they can keep the hype train going.

You still haven't said why it won't/can't work.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2018, 07:47:30 pm »
Why not charge wirelessly? It works on my phone.

Might work, too. It certainly solves the "snow" problem.

What's the likely efficiency of that @ kW power levels?

What, it's not linear? I'm glad you mentioned it, because how does the efficiency of the entire concept (electric vehicles) compare to the existing alternative (and also consider the true net impact to the environment). I feel good about my eBike because I use a solar charging system, I'm not sure a Tesla is any better than a 40+ year old VW Rabbit that gets close to 60mpg... I guess it depends on your grid.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2018, 08:06:11 pm »
Am I missing something? Isn't this just a "fancy" way to charge an electric car. What's so special about this? What's the news value in this?
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2018, 08:08:44 pm »
The same technical challenges that have existed for 120 years? This is literally 1890s technology. https://books.google.com/books?id=JgwAAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA484&lpg=PA484#v=onepage&q=conduit&f=false

But sex it up with "green" PR and you've got somebody a nice income for as long as they can keep the hype train going.
You still haven't said why it won't/can't work.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground-level_power_supply
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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2018, 09:39:09 pm »
Am I missing something? Isn't this just a "fancy" way to charge an electric car. What's so special about this? What's the news value in this?

One big drawback with electric vehicles is their limited range and recharging time. This is a fundamental usability problem.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2018, 02:00:17 am »
Am I missing something? Isn't this just a "fancy" way to charge an electric car. What's so special about this? What's the news value in this?

What's the advantage of in-flight refuelling for fighter planes?  :popcorn:
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2018, 03:58:49 am »
The same technical challenges that have existed for 120 years? This is literally 1890s technology. https://books.google.com/books?id=JgwAAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA484&lpg=PA484#v=onepage&q=conduit&f=false

But sex it up with "green" PR and you've got somebody a nice income for as long as they can keep the hype train going.

You still haven't said why it won't/can't work.

There are a bunch of challenges, like what voltage are you going to run it at to keep the copper losses low? Same problem as with power lines. It ain't 12v. So your friendly critter better not run across the road, and if you are drunk you better not wander outside for a wizz.

Beyond that is the sheer infrastructure cost of installing this everywhere - something that still plagues the very existence of both electric cars and self driving cars. Imagine cars running around shooting sparks out under the bottom of their chassis. Its just like a scaled up racing car toy set.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2018, 04:38:27 am »
Am I missing something? Isn't this just a "fancy" way to charge an electric car. What's so special about this? What's the news value in this?

What's the advantage of in-flight refuelling for fighter planes?  :popcorn:

Convenience :D. But the level of convenience in in-flight refuelling and road charging are completely different. Road charging is convenient, but it's just a tiny more convenient than stopping by a charging station in my opinion.

Am I missing something? Isn't this just a "fancy" way to charge an electric car. What's so special about this? What's the news value in this?

One big drawback with electric vehicles is their limited range and recharging time. This is a fundamental usability problem.

How is it better or environmentally friendly than building more charging stations? They are probably not more cost effective, safer or reliable than charging stations. Why go through the trouble of building miles and miles and charging roads that is going to cost loads of money just for convenience.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2018, 06:42:27 am »
Just the fact that we're discussing this as a possible working solution and not a some kind of failed novelty slash snake oil slash "green" money waster, it scare me to death  :scared:.

I mean it takes something like 30 seconds for an average person with electrical knowledge to see that this is trash, the proponents of this "solution" should be laughed out of the room and barred for requesting grants like for ever, much less to get financing for a pilot project.

Because this is my last post on this theme, let me highlight some of the "minor issues" that are obvious, and that's it:

 - Road surface quality: you need perfect roads, not good, not average, perfect, practically flat, or else the trolley will jump out of the rail, ask a subway engineer about it.
 - Dirt and oxidation: the rail will have to be made of some kind of unobtanium material to be even moderately resistant to oxidation, but you still have dust and leaves and other dirt, in 2-3 months this will need very expensive maintenance or it will be dead, the moving contacts will push crap into the rail. Oh, did I mention dilatation issues in the summer, this is difficult to segment  >:D.
 - Average speed: this dragging contact will reduce the maximum speed to 4-60Km/h at best, or else the mechanical stuff will blow away.
 - Avoiding obstacles while dragging this shit around, or overpassing ? Not really possible, less one destroys the contact and/or the rail.
 - Unavoidable pollution: the "evil" diesels with high efficiency engines were accused of producing ozone and nitrous oxide, along with toxic particles, much more than producing CO2 "greenhouse gas", you know what else produces ozone and nitrous oxide, in even larger quantities, that's right, high power electrical sparks, and this dangling contacts, boy, will they spark. Toxic particle you say ? We have these as well: copper/whatever metal oxide + organic residues + high energy sparks and ozone = soluble compounds that will be washed and pollute the surroundings, and heavy metal pollution is almost impossible to get rid of it. Tens of years after the gasoline switched to lead-free, there are laws in Germany to not wash your car around the house due to lead contamination.
 - Costs: 10Kg Cu/m x 10000KM = enormous.

 So in the end this pathetic replacement of an electrical railway should have been some kind of joking matter, seeing that there are people with higher education in the subject, including doctoral candidate, trying to defend or sustain this thing, depresses me to no end, even for some kind of free discussion, so good bye to this topic forever.

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2018, 10:06:16 am »
Am I missing something? Isn't this just a "fancy" way to charge an electric car. What's so special about this? What's the news value in this?
What's the advantage of in-flight refuelling for fighter planes?  :popcorn:

Convenience :D. But the level of convenience in in-flight refuelling and road charging are completely different.

Says who? I bet there's a ton of people out there who's be happy to be recharging during the daily commute, where traffic goes slowly anyway.

How is it better or environmentally friendly than building more charging stations? They are probably not more cost effective, safer or reliable than charging stations. Why go through the trouble of building miles and miles and charging roads that is going to cost loads of money just for convenience.
Where does money enter into it?

'Convenience' sells, people are willing to pay for it. I bet lots of people would like to steer their car into a special lane and take their hands off the wheel for 20 minutes.

By your reasoning we shouldn't have mobile phones due to the cost of the infrastructure needed.

(or even a power grid at all - what was wrong with candles?)
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2018, 10:14:23 am »
Because this is my last post on this theme, let me highlight some of the "minor issues" that are obvious, and that's it:

 - Road surface quality: you need perfect roads, not good, not average, perfect, practically flat, or else the trolley will jump out of the rail, ask a subway engineer about it.

Sure, unless you do it with inductors.

- Dirt and oxidation: the rail will have to be made of some kind of unobtanium material to be even moderately resistant to oxidation, but you still have dust and leaves and other dirt, in 2-3 months this will need very expensive maintenance or it will be dead, the moving contacts will push crap into the rail. Oh, did I mention dilatation issues in the summer, this is difficult to segment  >:D.

...unless you do it with inductors.

- Average speed: this dragging contact will reduce the maximum speed to 4-60Km/h at best, or else the mechanical stuff will blow away.
 - Avoiding obstacles while dragging this shit around, or overpassing ? Not really possible, less one destroys the contact and/or the rail.

...unless you do it with inductors.

All you see is a photo of a rail, not the idea of a 'recharge as you drive' system.

This isn't breaking the laws of physics like uBeam or Batteriser and I'm not imagining it would be on every road in the country, it's a system that could be useful in some places, eg. entrances/exits in big cities with lots of commuters, at strategic places along major motorways, etc.

It's really more of a marketing problem: How many people out there would pay to be able to take their hands off the wheel during a few miles of their daily commute and get their car charged at the same time?
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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2018, 10:26:45 am »
Am I missing something? Isn't this just a "fancy" way to charge an electric car. What's so special about this? What's the news value in this?
What's the advantage of in-flight refuelling for fighter planes?  :popcorn:

Convenience :D. But the level of convenience in in-flight refuelling and road charging are completely different.

Says who? I bet there's a ton of people out there who's be happy to be recharging during the daily commute, where traffic goes slowly anyway.

How is it better or environmentally friendly than building more charging stations? They are probably not more cost effective, safer or reliable than charging stations. Why go through the trouble of building miles and miles and charging roads that is going to cost loads of money just for convenience.
Where does money enter into it?

'Convenience' sells, people are willing to pay for it. I bet lots of people would like to steer their car into a special lane and take their hands off the wheel for 20 minutes.

By your reasoning we shouldn't have mobile phones due to the cost of the infrastructure needed.

(or even a power grid at all - what was wrong with candles?)

My point was these costly "charger roads" are not a lot more convenient than existing solutions to the charging problem. Since it's costly and impractical at some point people should use the existing solution until someone comes up with a better, practical and cost effective solution instead of implementing this.

People implemented infrastructure for cell phones because cell phones offer huge (not little) convenience over normal phones. I don't think this is the case here.
 

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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2018, 01:57:34 pm »
- Dirt and oxidation: the rail will have to be made of some kind of unobtanium material to be even moderately resistant to oxidation, but you still have dust and leaves and other dirt, in 2-3 months this will need very expensive maintenance or it will be dead, the moving contacts will push crap into the rail. Oh, did I mention dilatation issues in the summer, this is difficult to segment  >:D.
 - Average speed: this dragging contact will reduce the maximum speed to 4-60Km/h at best, or else the mechanical stuff will blow away.
Reading this I very much wonder how electric trains work (either with overhead power, centre or side rails). I think these go faster than 60km/h.
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Re: Roads that charge your car as you drive
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2018, 02:45:17 pm »
- Dirt and oxidation: the rail will have to be made of some kind of unobtanium material to be even moderately resistant to oxidation, but you still have dust and leaves and other dirt, in 2-3 months this will need very expensive maintenance or it will be dead, the moving contacts will push crap into the rail. Oh, did I mention dilatation issues in the summer, this is difficult to segment  >:D.
 - Average speed: this dragging contact will reduce the maximum speed to 4-60Km/h at best, or else the mechanical stuff will blow away.
Reading this I very much wonder how electric trains work (either with overhead power, centre or side rails). I think these go faster than 60km/h.

Post like this make me go against my promise, they go faster because they travel on rails, not wobbling with a steering wheel, rails on which if there is a level shift of more than 10cm the whole rail goes under maintenance. Not to mention HUGE curve radius. Also they are using a very high voltage that makes having a relatively low current contact, you can't do this in ground level, exposed rails.
If you want comparable speeds, think about tramways or trolley buses.

And to the poster above, saying "inductors, inductors and more inductors...", for your 10Kw inductive charger you lose 10% efficiency per cm, how close to the ground needs to be your "inductor" ?


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