“It’s quite remarkable that we succeeded with the OLEV [online electric vehicle] project so that buses are offering public transportation services to passengers,” said Dong-Ho Cho, who led the team behind the scheme at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
However, another transportation expert warned that the costs involved in installing the equipment meant it was less practical than other schemes which involved vehicles wirelessly charging at specific locations or using overhead cables.
“There is clearly a lot of potential for this technology for public transport applications, but for private electric vehicles the cost of fitting all roads with such systems may be prohibitive,” said Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis from the Centre for Automotive Industry Research at Cardiff University.
Although the OLEV project is the first working scheme to power vehicles on the move, there are other inductive charging projects elsewhere.
In London, computer chip maker Qualcomm is testing a wireless charging tech it calls Halo which it has fitted to Citroen and Rolls Royce vehicles, but again the idea is only to install power transmission pads at certain spots.