26 Jul '11, 4pm

Electric Race Cars To Get On-Track Inductive Charging

Electric Race Cars To Get On-Track Inductive Charging

That's precisely what HaloIPT and Drayson Racing hope to achieve with their new joint effort to install inductive charging pads in the pit lanes, and, eventually, the actual surface of the race track--though which track, specifically, will be used as the test bed hasn't been revealed. The basic idea of inductive charging involves the creation of an electromagnetic field through coiled wires in the road bed, to induce a complementary charge in similar coils in the electric car above it. You may be familiar with the process through the much smaller-scale plug-less charging of the Powermat inductive charger for cell phones and other small electronics. The physics of this short-range wireless transfer of electricity are sound; it's the practicality of digging up millions of miles of roadway and installing the pricey inductive charging circuits that's the big hurdle right now. ...

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