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Electric car owners 'could generate their own power'

Fri, 12 Dec 2008
Motorists may play a role in generating a cheap source of electricity in the future, it has been claimed.

According to the Environmental Transport Association (ETA), a new type of road has been invented which produces power as vehicles drive over it.

ETA reported a 1 km strip of the innovative asphalt can generate 400 kilowatts of energy.

The group added people considering buying a car which runs on electricity could find the new technology allows their vehicle to be powered entirely by the roads on which they drive.

Director Andrew Davies said: "If these electric roads can be put in place without harm to the environment they would be a silver lining to the problem of heavy traffic."

In other motoring news, ETA recently reported a road-user pricing trial - due to take place in 2009 - could reassure motorists that such schemes are not expensive and offer a range of benefits.

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