Newcastle University PhD student Saleh Ali delivered a presentation on TEV (Tracked Electric Vehicle) Project to the Edinburgh Electrical Society, which is celebrating its centenary year. Mr Ali works within Professor Volker Pickert’s team, a partnership between Newcastle University and 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.
TEV will see vehicles driving autonomously in platoons at high speeds of 125 mph 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.
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.
Saleh Ali told the meeting 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.
Alex Lumsden, Secretary of the Edinburgh Electrical Society said:
“The Edinburgh Electrical Society is proud to be celebrating its 100th year in 2019 and has always consisted of people engaged in or interested in the Electrical Industry. The purpose of the club is to afford our members the opportunity to learn about new initiatives and interesting subjects in the field. Saleh Ali’s presentation of such a complex subject matter as TEV Project was excellent and we wish TEV all best wishes for the future of the project”.