OLEV, Korean electric engine that doesn't need to be charged.
OLEV stands for online electric vehicle. It is a new advanced technology developed by Korea’s MIT, KAIST. Basically it’s like any other electric car, only it doesn’t require any kind of plug in charge in order to operate.
How’s that possible?
Well, OLEV gets its power from a source that is installed under the road. The electricity travels through the air and charges the car, when the car is near that power source.
That sounds quite far fetched.
You may think so, but Kaist has already developed a working model. Korea plans to eventually incorporate this technology into city buses.
Why is OLEV so great?
Well this could solve the problem that plug-in electric vehicles have; people who live in apartments can’t plug their car into anything. Since OLEV uses an electrified road, electric car users could charge the battery simply by driving the car. The problem with OLEV is that it would probably be rather expensive to install the technology on all city streets, thus creating traffic problems on streets that do have it installed. But, if the infrastructure is well in place before the product is launched, then this shouldn’t be a problem.