KAIST korean electric vehicle project
KAIST korean electric vehicle project KAIST korean electric vehicle project
aug 15, 2009

KAIST korean electric vehicle project

OLEV project being tested out in february 2009 all images ctnt korea

KAIST (korea advanced institute of science and technology) has developed a revolutionary electric vehicle that takes its power from cables beneath the road rather than relying on batteries. a demonstration event was held on august 13th

nowadays various models of electric vehicles designed to replace the internal combustion automobiles face significant problems, as they invariably fail to overcome the limitations involving lithium battery in terms of power capacity, weight, raw material price, recharging time and preparation of charging stations. worst of all, the limited supply of lithium will eventually raise its price sky high when all cars use lithium batteries, and the economic value of electric cars will be lost.

KAIST’ s project known as OLEV (online electric vehicle) seeks to resolve these fundamental problems involving electric vehicles that have so far been developed. OLEV is a project to develop a new growth engine for the nation and lead the future of global automotive industry, is an entirely new concept: the electric vehicle picks up power from underground power supplier lines through the non-contact magnetic charging method, while either running or standing. this is the first eco-friendly and economic automotive system that can resolve the problems inherent to previously developed electric vehicles, according to the KAIST OLEV project center.

OLEV project being tested surrounded by onlookers

in february 2009, KAIST researchers first proved that up to 80 percent power conveyance is possible through a gap of 1 centimeter from the power line, and in july they successfully supplied power to a bus – up to 60 percent across a 12 cm gap from the power line x embedded in the ground – using power supply and pick-up devices they developed. in this process, KAIST has secured the core technologies for maximizing power efficiency and minimizing the cost of installing the non-contact power supply system. KAIST has established the online electric vehicle co., ltd., to undertake business activities related to the OLEV project, including the ipr on power supply and pick-up devices, parts and accessories and commercial promotion.

OLEV project being tested out in february 2009

the impact of the development of the OLEV technology on the energy and environment issues and the overall economy will be enormous. in case a half of the total automobiles running in korea, or 6 million vehicles, are replaced with olev, electric power produced by just two of the nation’s atomic power plants will be enough to operate them all, and the nation will be able to reduce crude oil import by 35 million barrels worth 3 billion USD a year (supposing 80 USD per barrel).

korea’s export of OLEV units will in the future surpass the present level of overseas sale of conventional cars. when nations use online electric vehicles in large numbers, their demand for co2-free power plants will grow.

korea still shares a small portion of the world’s automobile market estimated to worth some 2,000 trillion korean won. but commercialization of the OLEV technology worldwide will greatly enhance korea’s global automotive market share. successful development of the online electric vehicle requires preemptive investment and positive support by the government for the ultimate purpose of resolving energy and environment problems.

what the OLEV model will look like

how the car will be powered by underground cables

  • nice work! so alike my idea, but easier to be come true. such a design should be execute in high school or industrial park even the public bus system in the city.

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