Volvo’s full size scalectrix track a new way of seeing alternative energy for cars

Electric cars may not be pollution free but they currently look like our best chance of moving away from our dependency on fossil fuels. The major drawback of course is that the energy required to achieve the same results demands batteries that are too big or too heavy to be practical. So Volvo have came up with an ingenious alternative – supplying the power from the roads.

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Volvo has constructed a 400m long track to test with vehicles in a system similar to that used successfully in trams around the world.
The system comes with various safety measures; a in order for a current to flow the road must receive a signal transmitted from the vehicle, the vehicle must also be travelling at a speed greater than 37mph.

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