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Professor Volker Pickert to oversee project to develop highways that power electric vehicles in motion

Professor Volker Pickert, Head of the Electrical Power Research Group and Professor of Power Electronics, will oversee the development of TEV technology, which aims to create a highway that will power electric vehicles as they drive.

The TEV Project is developing a highway that will power electric vehicles as they drive, as well as provide an environment that makes driverless cars operate with maximum efficiency and safety.

Electric cars will drive on TEV’s specially constructed, dedicated lanes under fully automatic control. With the computer in the driver’s seat, vehicles can move at high speeds and be grouped closely together, making TEV a high bandwidth version of a highway.

Caroline Jones Carrick, Director of the TEV Project, said:

"TEV Project is developing a highway that will power electric vehicles as they drive, as well as provide an environment that makes driverless cars operate with maximum efficiency and safety.

Grouping cars together reduces air resistance. We’re also looking to optimise road surfaces in terms of rolling resistance. With an energy efficient design, overall energy consumption per mile will be as low as possible. With electric vehicles charging as they travel, we will eradicate range issues with existing batteries and make electric vehicles more practical."

Source: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/caroline-jones-carrick-driverless-cars-powered-by-the-road-are-on-the-way-1-4506955

Professor Volker Picker meets with Damian Hinds MP
Professor Volker Picker (right) meets with Damian Hinds MP

published on: 19 July 2017