Electric roads ‘more suited to Israel than Britain’

An expert has commented that the idea of a new type of road being developed in Israel which is capable of creating electricity won’t be so popular in Britain.

The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) has published information on its website detailing how Israeli scientists have come up with a new type of road which uses crystals embedded in the asphalt to turn the vibration caused by traffic into electricity.

Apparently, a one-kilometre stretch of electric dual carriageway can generate 400 kilowatts of electricity; enough to power eight Ford Fiestas for an hour.

ETA has pointed out that this system could be "a silver lining to the problem of heavy traffic" if it proves to be environmentally-friendly.

But Jay Nagley, publisher of Clean Green Cars, believes that such roads could give "no more" than a minor boost to the adoption of electric cars.

He said: "Israel is spending a fortune to end oil imports (for obvious political reasons) and wants all cars to be electric. It makes sense in a small country with a lot of sun for electricity generation."

A lack of political will is one of the reasons why he thinks British policy makers will be less keen on the idea.

Written by Kitty Mendez


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