ElectRoad buses that charge from ground underneath. ElectRoad buses that charge from ground underneath. ElectRoad plans to install a public bus route in Tel Aviv using under-the-pavement charging systems. (Photo: ElectRoad)

This road will charge your car while you drive

And it's coming to a real live bus route next year.

In all their futuristic promise, one of the major limitations of electric vehicles is that you still have to stop every so often to plug in and charge it. As with the trusty gas-powered cars that have defined our transportation sphere for more than a century, the open road is never quite as open as we'd like.

A startup out of Israel, however, is hoping to change that, and it starts with the ground beneath our feet. Israel-based ElectRoad is installing a public bus route in Tel Aviv that uses an under-the-pavement wireless technology, eliminating the need for plug-in recharging stations. It's set to open in 2018.

The roadway transfers energy to the vehicle while it's driving, using radiation technology that's perfectly safe for drivers, passengers and surrounding pedestrians. And, since it's built to allow the buses to stray away from the charging part of the roadway for a short time, implementing the technology would not require a complete overhaul of a city's infrastructure. It's inexpensive, efficient and practical – exactly what environmentally and cost-conscious consumers are looking for.

“You only need to pave for the infrastructure one time, and that’s it. You can use it for all kinds of vehicles, so that’s a big advantage,” Oren Ezer, CEO and co-founder of ElectRoad, told Scientific American.

ElectRoad proposes to end range anxiety and put more buses on city streets by moving the charging mechanism underground.ElectRoad proposes to end range anxiety and put more buses on city streets by moving the charging mechanism underground. (Photo: ElectRoad)

Ezer, an alumnus of the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel, hopes ElectRoad's technology is outfitted in more cities worldwide, not just as an alternative to gas-powered vehicles, but as an all-encompassing infrastructure network, where cars and roads are automatically synchronized and battery-range anxiety is a thing of the past.

“We plan to start with buses, of course, but we believe in revolutionizing the entirety of transportation," Ezer said.

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This road will charge your car while you drive
High-tech roadways that charge vehicles as they drive are planned for a public bus route next year in Tel Aviv.