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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The magnetic-powered Trams in South Korea

July 20, 2011

This amusement park tram has what appear to be ears and is fun for all the family.

But beneath its cheery exterior lies a hi-tech electric system that allows it to travel around Seoul Grand Park in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Called an Online Electric Vehicle - or OLEV - it moves along a blue line under which power strips are buried for recharging.

The OLEV has replaced the diesel-powered carts that used to ferry visitors around the park in Gwacheon, South Korea.

Towing three carriages behind it, the tram was officially unveiled yesterday at a launch ceremony.

The move follows the successful trialling of a prototype model last year.

The system was developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

OLEV needs a battery that is just 20 per cent the size of those fitted in ordinary electrical vehicles. This small size eliminates the need for major recharging.

Scientists have installed recharging strips at four sections totalling 400 metres along the route.


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