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The TEV Project’s Electric Track Concept Receives Hearing by U.S. DOT

Matt Ball on October 20, 2014 - in Projects, Transportation

The TEV Project, an open-source transport infrastructure solution designed to meet the global transportation needs in the 21st century has been invited by the United States Department of Transportation to present at Federal Highways Administration’s (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program workshop.

The 2-day workshop forms the second phase of a request for information to the EAR Program, which is surveying individuals or organizations conducting relevant research and development into Novel Surface Transportation Systems.

The TEV Project integrates the latest in enabling technologies to create a new transport infrastructure that consists of an electrically powered track, where electric and hybrid cars can travel for thousands of miles under computer control, without the need for charging.

Speaking ahead of the presentation, Caroline Jones Carrick, Project Co-ordinator of the TEV Project said:

“I commend the Department of Transportation for its forward thinking in seeking to shape, direct and develop early solutions to the transportation problems facing countries all over the world. Infrastructure planning and policy must keep pace with innovation.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the TEV Project to share our revolutionary new transportation infrastructure, designed for the 21st century. We are proposing the roads of the future: safer, greener and more efficient. TEV can be implemented using existing technologies.

“The progressive thinking of FHWA and the EAR program has already brought about significant changes in transportation. This current workshop to nurture and support novel surface transport systems can only benefit the industry, consumers and the environment in the years to come.”

The EAR Program is conducting an investigation on the current development and potential future development of new transportation systems in the U.S. In his initial call for information from EAR participants, Program Manager David Kuehn 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.

Recognizing the growing challenges facing transport systems, The TEV Project offers a disruptive solution to address the impending crisis of congestion and capacity on the roads and highways.

The TEV Project will present to an audience of United States Department of Transport staff, academics, private and public sector representatives and government representatives in early December at the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia.

The TEV Project – The TEV Project (Tracked Electric Vehicle) is a new transportation infrastructure consisting of an electrically powered track, where electric and hybrid cars can travel indefinitely without the need for charging and without using their batteries.

Electric cars and fleet will drive on a pre-fabricated, dedicated track under full automatic control.  This will allow passengers to travel safely in vehicles at high speeds.  This, in turn, will enable vastly greater passenger carrying capacities compared with traditional motorways.

Developed by open-source as a social enterprise, the TEV Project is the vision of Will Jones, a respected inventor, an expert in battery design and founder of Philadelphia Scientific, a world-leading provider of products and services for industrial batteries and electrical infrastructure, operating from North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific.

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.   www.tevproject.co.uk

FHWA EAR Program – The Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program addresses the need to conduct research on longer term and higher risk breakthrough research with the potential for transformational improvements to plan, build, renew, and operate safe, congestion free, and environmentally sound transportation systems. The EAR Program has supported such research since 1991.

FHWA identifies and scopes topics through extensive initial-stage investigation. The EAR Program has supported scanning trips and meetings involving national and international experts to assure use of the most recent advances in science and engineering.

FHWA uses expert panels to ensure the technical quality of sponsored research. The panels are composed of Federal, State, academic, and international scientific and engineering experts, who are vetted to avoid conflicts of interest. The panels frequently include members from multiple disciplines to assure that cross applications and novel approaches to research are fully assessed.

FHWA understands that EAR Program-funded projects are part of a larger research and development cycle designed to move from basic research through applied research, field testing, pilot deployment, and adoption.

FHWA is committed to transitioning the results of EAR Program-funded research projects and takes an active role in demonstrating results to audiences critical to continuing the research and development cycle. www.fhwa.dot.gov

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