The TEV (Tracked Electric Vehicle) Project, an open-source transport infrastructure solution designed to meet the global transportation needs of the 21st century, has unveiled a detailed animation to demonstrate the simplicity of the new infrastructure for electric vehicles that aims to transform how we travel in the future. The new animation outlines the design of the TEV track and how its modular construction aims to revolutionise road travel.
Developed by internationally battery expert and innovator Will Jones, TEV is a network of specially designed highway ‘tracks’ that provides direct electric power to EVs as they travel under automated control. This means electric vehicles; robo-taxis, public transport and light freight vehicles may have the ability to travel unlimited miles while being continually powered along the track. A computer takes over control of the vehicles as they enter the track, enabling close convoying and high speeds of travel, reducing congestion and travel times while increasing the safety. Will Jones is also the founder of Philadelphia Scientific, a leading provider of products and services for industrial batteries and their infrastructure, operating from North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific.
Unveiling the new animation, Caroline Jones Carrick, the UK-based Project Co-ordinator of the TEV Project has said, “Our new animation clearly shows how easily TEV tracks can integrate with pre-existing roads with benefits to motorists, to the environment and to local communities. It demonstrates the simple and practical conversion of the two fast lanes of a 6-lane motorway into two lanes of TEV track. Since each of TEV’s high speeds tracks can carry the equivalent of 10 lanes of motorway traffic, the road capacity is actually dramatically increased. TEV is a very practical transport solution that may future-proof transportation for decades to come.”
Caroline Jones Carrick was born and raised in the USA before moving to the United Kingdom. After more than a decade working in communications for the public sector and construction industry, Caroline co-founded the TEV Project with her father Will. She added, “The future of sustainable and accessible transport is through large infrastructure projects which can revolutionise the way we travel for the better. By collaborating with private and public organisations, we believe that the TEV Project can make this happen.”
The TEV public service vehicles require zero drivers and circulate around the track as cabs or minibuses. Other vehicles, including private “dualmode” cars enter and leave the track from conventional roads. Vehicles are automatically checked for roadworthiness before being admitted into the TEV network. TEV is an open-source transport project, open to international collaboration in order to advance the project into a construction phase.
The TEV Project has been invited by the United States Department of Transportation to present at Federal Highway Administration’s Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program workshop early next month in December. The 2-day workshop forms the second phase of a request for information to the EAR Program, which is surveying individuals or organisations conducting relevant research and development into Novel Surface Transportation Systems. Speaking ahead of the presentation, Caroline Jones Carrick, Project said, “I commend the Department of Transportation for its forward thinking in seeking to shape, direct and develop early solutions to the transportation challenges facing countries all over the world. Infrastructure planning and policy must keep pace with innovation.”
The EAR Program Manager, David Kuehn, has also said, “Novel transportation systems likely will develop or use more than one of the following: breakthrough technology, new vehicle types, new propulsion technology, new fueling sources, or new infrastructure. Rapid advances in enabling technologies, such as in communications, sensors, or computational capabilities are showing promise in areas previously considered the realm of science fiction. The government has always played a critical role in influencing adoption of new modal technologies, and the EAR program aims to support this process. Recognising the growing challenges facing transport systems, The TEV Project offers a potential solution to address the challenges of congestion and capacity on the roads and highways.”
To view the new detailed animation demonstrating the simplicity of the new infrastructure please click play on the following link.
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