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New motorways could see vehicles driving in platoons at 125mph

08 May 2018

A high-speed, autonomous motorway system with huge passenger carrying capacity is the roads solution of the future. What do you think?

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The vision was described by Professor Volker Pickert, Head of the Electrical Power Group at Newcastle University, who has been working on the Tracked Electric Vehicle Project (TEV Project). 

Addressing the UK's leading renewable All-Energy, Smart Urban Mobility Exhibition and Conference, Professor Pickert, shared the latest developments in the TEV Project, a Scottish based initiative to advance road infrastructure and the way people travel.

TEV Project is a tracked electric vehicle system which continuously charges EVs as they travel along the specially designed track, offering a credible and highly efficient alternative to traditional plug-in EV charging. 

Professor Pickert said: 

“TEV will see vehicles driving autonomously in platoons at high speeds of 125mph with no overtaking. It will have a huge passenger carrying capacity, equivalent to up to 17 lanes of traditional motorway.

“Vehicles on TEV will drive faster than urban trains while passengers can remain in the comfort of their own cars.

“The system’s high efficiency comes from its steady speed, reduced air drag due to its convoy system, the reduced number of junctions, while electric power is directly delivered to the electric motors.

“I believe TEV is the way of the future and I am hugely excited to be working on the project.” 

Travelling on a prefabricated track, which costs less per mile than traditional rail or motorway, its compact design will allow EVs to run on low cost bridges, small tunnels and elevated tracks. It aims to be the safest, fastest, most versatile transport system possible with zero-emissions.

Professor Pickert told the conference that TEV’s restricted-access tracks with side barriers provide incomparable safety aimed at carrying conventional passenger EVs.

Caroline Jones Carrick created TEV Project with her father, Will Jones, a battery expert and inventor, bringing their vision for a next-generation motorway with the ability to charge electric vehicles as they travel. 

The innovative project is teaming up with Professor Pickert and Newcastle University to bring their zero-emissions concept to life.

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