Tel Aviv Tries Out Electric Roadway

Passengers boarding bus of Dan company. (Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90/File)

The Dan Bus Company has launched a pilot project to install wireless electric roads for charging public transportation in Tel Aviv, the municipality announced on Monday.

The pilot, the first of its kind in Israel, will be carried out between Tel Aviv University Railway Station and Klatzkin Terminal in Ramat Aviv – a 1.2 mile route including 1500 feet of electric road.

The system will enable specially-equipped electric buses, capable of being charged directly from under-road electric infrastructure, to travel on the route. Following the completion of tests within approximately two months, a Dan Bus Company electric bus will begin regular trips on the route, serving passengers traveling to Tel Aviv University.

The project is aimed, in large part, at reducing air pollution in the city.

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: “We are constantly working to reduce air pollution in the city, and our strategic action plan to prepare for climate change has placed the fight against pollution at the top of the municipality’s environmental agenda. If the pilot is successful, we will evaluate – together with the Ministry of Transportation – its expansion to additional locations in the city.”