Friday, September 16, 2022
By CarKhabri Team
Indian Government Developing Electric Highways: Some FAQs (Part 1)
The move toward electric mobility in recent years has gained satisfactory popularity, but it is not according to expectations. There are various reasons behind this, for instance, the high cost of electric cars, infrastructure development to charge these vehicles, average, etc. As the central government is already aware of all these problems, it is taking all necessary steps to resolve them. In a recent development, the government of India is working on the development of highways that will charge the vehicles while they moving on them.
The Union Minister of Road and Transport, honourable Nitin Gadkari confirmed this news. In his words, the government is working on developing electric highways that will run on solar energy. These solar panels will charge heavy trucks and buses while moving on them. This announcement by the Minister of Road and Transport has created curiosity among people to know more about such highways. This blog attempts to solve some questions related to these electric highways.
Question 1: What are Electric Highways? In simple words these are highways with a system that can charge every electric vehicle moving below it. That means there is no need to stop the vehicle to charge as it charges automatically while passing through the highways. To charge the vehicles an electric flow is developed on the highway through the overhead wire. These highways will charge electric vehicles and not vehicles with petrol and diesel engines. They can also charge hybrid vehicles, as these vehicles can run on both electric and fuel-based powertrains.
Question 2: How The Vehicles Will Charge While Moving? There are two methods to charge electric vehicles on highways. (1) An overhead electric wire is installed above the road. (2) A power line is laid inside the road. Under the first method, the vehicles charge automatically while they move below the electric wires, the pantograph studded above the vehicles. When these pantographs come in contact with the electric wires they start charging. The contact between them starts the flow of current and starts charging the battery while the vehicle is moving on the highway. The vehicles stay connected with these wires till they are below them, once they change their lane the connection disconnects. In the second method, an electric connection is installed inside the road in through rails and coils performing the flow of current.
The story to be continued in the second part…..