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New road repairs itself and charges electric vehicles

The cracks and pits on the roads often make drivers go crazy. Asphalt repair and maintenance works make things even worse by causing roads to get shut down for for an unknown period of time.

Regular asphalt roads used all over the world, has a very porous structure due to its natural chemical components. But the new technology developed by Dutch researchers allows both roads to repair itself and charge electric cars while they drive over the road.

We have actually seen self repairing and charging road technologies many times before, but researchers at Delft University of Technology have brought these two technologies together for the first time in a quite unique way.

Researchers plan to take advantage of bacteria that produce calcium carbonate to fill the cracks for self-repair. In order to charge the electric cars, the technology plans to use conductive steel fiber and aims to distribute the solar energy collected from the sun.

 

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Distributing the electric is still a big problem

There are still some question marks on the team’s mind as to how the road will be able to transfer the energy to the electric cars. As drivers will have to change the tires of their cars in order to use a technology that allows direct energy transfer from the wheel, which is not quite feasible at the moment for many drivers and even car manufacturers.

Another problem is that the new technological road is expected to be at least 25 percent more expensive than the current ordinary roads. Another problem is that the new technological road is expected to be at least 25 percent more expensive than ordinary roads. Of course, this fee is quite natural as the new road will last longer and maintenance costs will be much lower.

Since 2010, various asphalt technologies are being tested in the Netherlands and it is not clear exactly when these technologies will be available country-wide.