London, Sep 6 (ANI): Drivers, who are fearing they could be left stranded if the battery of their electric vehicles run out of charge, can now breath a sigh of relief, for researchers have now devised a solution to the problem- portable charging stations.
Zafer Sahinoglu at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and colleagues, are developing a network of portable charging stations, which can be moved to wherever the demand for recharging is greatest.
To determine where the stations are needed, in-car sensors would monitor the level of charge in the battery and periodically report this to a central operations centre, which would flag areas where most cars run low on juice.
The stations can then be deployed wherever the low-charge "hotspots" are at that time, reports the New Scientist.
Just five mobile stations would be needed to cover 100 electric cars on a 100-kilometre stretch of highway, said the team.
The roaming stations could be charged up from the mains at night, and then discharge their electricity to cars during the day, they say, reducing the load on the electricity grid at peak times.
The team will present their idea at the Vehicular Technology Conference in Ottawa, Canada, next week. (ANI)