Leaked Video Shows US Troops Doing a Drive-By Shooting on Afghan Civilians

On the 5th of April, 2010, WikiLeaks released a classified US military video which showed the indiscriminate murder of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad—including two Reuters journalists. This video served as a wake-up call to Americans who remained willfully ignorant of the horrors of war. Now, another video has surfaced showing that US troops are still assuring that there will be a steady production of “terrorists” for years to come.

This week, a video was leaked to Politico allegedly showing a US troop firing a shotgun into the cab of a civilian truck. There appears to be no combat situation taking place and the fired shot is seemingly unprovoked and nothing short of attempted murder.

U.S. commanders have since launched an investigation into the video as it appears that the person firing the round most likely violated the military’s rules of engagement. It also serves to set back the little—if any—progress the US has made inside Afghanistan.

As Politico reports, the shooting briefly appears during a gritty montage of combat footage allegedly recorded by U.S. troops battling the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate. An anonymous user recently uploaded the video to YouTube under the title “Happy Few Ordnance Symphony,” then quickly removed it.

“The amateur video posted on a public website gives us serious concern,” the U.S. Central Command told POLITICO in a statement. “The video in question is not official, not authorized and does not represent the professionalism of the service members of U.S. Central Command.

“We are conducting an investigation into this video, and will take appropriate actions as a result of this investigation,” it added.

According to the report,

The 3-minute, 9-second video doesn’t say where it was recorded, but the YouTube caption suggested it was shot in 2017. In the past year, U.S. troops have been engaged in intense combat with the Islamic State in Nangarhar Province, the group’s main Afghan stronghold, where teams of special operations advisers are fighting alongside elite Afghan troops to wrest key districts from the militants.

The troops in the video wear uniforms typical of U.S. special operations forces like the Green Berets, SEALs, Rangers and Marine Raiders, and are seen firing machine guns, grenade launchers, rockets, miniguns, mortars and calling in air or artillery strikes. The video, which is also set to music, is typical of the unauthorized combat montages that some troops create to share among themselves, often using footage shot from helmet-mounted video cameras.

But in addition to the rare glimpse of such shadowy operations up close, the brief scene of the truck shooting, 20 seconds in, sets it apart.

The clip in question shows a military vehicle approaching a truck with a white cab and black cargo cabin, of the type Afghans often call “Jingle trucks.” Military sources identified the first vehicle to POLITICO as a version of the M-ATV armored vehicle specially outfitted for special operations forces.

Based on the footage, it was not clear if the driver was hit with the round. Also, although the video appears to show the recoil of the shotgun, no casing can be seen exiting the weapon. But the window is clearly broken out as the vehicles pass each other.

“With the shotgun engagement, you figure it is a lethal round, as you are in combat, but from the video you cannot conclusively determine,” one former special operator with experience in Nangarhar said. “It could readily have been a beanbag, hammer, or other non-lethal round, as when it hits glass you are going to get a similar effect.”

“It may have been an operator not doing the right thing and firing a non-lethal round just to be a dick,” a veteran told Politico.

Even if this troop was “being a dick,” there appears to be no reason for the shooting and the US Central Command is expressing their outrage.

“I have reviewed the video and I am disappointed and also concerned that the American people, our Coalition partners, the Afghan government, and the Afghan people will believe that American service members are callous and indifferent to the horrors of war or the suffering of innocent people trapped in conflict,” Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of Central Command added in a statement Wednesday. “I can assure you that this video does not represent the professionalism or humanity of the men and women of U.S. Central Command. We reject the unprofessional and callous message this video conveys.”



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Nissan Leaf 2.0: What’s it like to drive?

Unlike his Fully Charged co-host Robert Llewellyn, Jonny Smith actually likes cars. So it’s always interesting—even for a non-car dude like me—to hear what he has to say about the ever growing number of electric cars that are coming onto our roads. In this latest episode, he gets behind the wheel of the new Nissan Leaf 2.0—the launch of which we wrote about last year—and takes it for an decent spin around the crowded streets of Yokohama.

You should watch the full episode for all of the details, but here’s a summary of his findings:

—the aesthetics, while not exactly thrilling, are a significant improvement on the first generation
—acceleration is greatly improved, as is handling
—the trunk (sorry Jonny, boot!) is considerably larger than the first Leaf
—outside of the US, Nissan is claiming a real-world range of 200 miles or so (see below for caveats)
—the one pedal driving feature, which greatly increases regenerative braking to make brake pedal use largely unnecessary, works as advertise, although Jonny is not a fan
—and Jonny is clearly also a skeptic of semi-autonomous driving and parking, so his less-than-enthusiastic review of those features should probably be taken with a pinch of salt

That’s the summary. He does a good job of sharing the real world experience of driving the next version of what has become a gateway electric vehicle for so many of us around the world. (You can see my experiences with a second hand, first generation Leaf here.) The only thing I’d caution is that real world range is being talked about more like 150 to 160 miles here in the US, even though this is exactly the same car. We already know that European testing cycles are considerably more generous, but I still get confused why real world range would differ so much from territory to territory. My guess—and this is only a guess—is that European and Japanese drivers spend more time in urban environments and relatively slow traffic. In the US, where we may drive more highway miles, we’re likely to not get quite as much range out of the same sized battery.

Anyhow, like Robert Llewellyn, I don’t really have a mind for the technical, automotive details. So check out Jonny’s review below and—if you feel so inclined—support Fully Charged with a buck or two through Patreon.

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Bellcycle is a weird front-wheel drive bike that you assemble yourself

With a totally unique upright riding position, front wheel drive, and the ability to assemble it in different configurations, the Bellcycle might just be weird enough to catch on.

I’ve been sitting on this post for quite some time now, waiting for the actual campaign to be launched, but it’s just so dang cool that I can’t wait any longer. And even though I’m already the proud owner of 3 very well used bikes and have never bought a bike without riding it first, I’m seriously considering one of these.

The Bellcycle, which is the brainchild of Alex Bell, a cyclist in NYC, is completely different from just about any other bike out there, except for perhaps the penny farthing, and its compact design, modular nature, and distinctive riding style are a fresh take on bicycle design. It’s not only the configuration of the bike that is different, it’s the idea behind it that really stands out.

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“The goal of this project is to create a bicycle which is smaller, cheaper, and more modular than “regular” bicycles. It can be assembled from a variety of materials and does not require any welding. You can build it in a NYC apartment or an Antarctic research station.” – Hackaday

According to the Bellcycles website, the bike will be able to be built into a two-wheeler, a tricycle, a cargo bike, or an e-bike, depending on the rider’s needs, and although it will be sold in kit format, the 100+ piece bike will be able to be built with just a few tools. Learning to ride the completed bike is said to take a little bit of practice, and cyclists can expect to ride it “a few hours before they are riding in traffic.”

You’ve got questions, I’ve got questions, everybody has questions about the Bellcycle.

It’s different. It’s fun. It’s weird.

At this point, the design of the bike isn’t better than a conventional bike, according to the website, but as Bell writes, “it has some characteristics that could make it smaller. That could make it simpler. That could make it cheaper. That could make it modular.”

The Bellcycle is open source, modular, and looks to be DIY enough to appeal to the cycle-hackers and pedal-powered experimenters, as well as those looking for a new mechanical and physical challenge, and those who just want to ride a bike that turns heads. It’s also got a strange and yet somehow effective drivetrain:

Bellcycle specifications © Bellcycles

Here’s a full playlist from Bell that gives a lot more details on the bike:

This penny farthing-ish bike isn’t for sale yet, and it isn’t even in the crowdfunding phase, but rumor has it that a campaign is in the works. If you want to stay in the know about Bellcycles, there’s an email signup form on the website, or follow along on Facebook or Twitter.

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Residents Outraged As Video Shows Cop Kill Unarmed Man in Drive-By Shooting Fashion

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San Francisco, CA — San Francisco residents attending a town hall meeting became outraged after police admitted that an unarmed man was shot and killed by a rookie officer in an incident that was carried out in the style of a drive-by shooting.

The unnamed officer had been on the job for just four days when he opened fire on Keita O’Neil, 42, from the passenger window of a patrol car at around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 1. The Body Cam footage was recently released, and it shows that there was only a matter of seconds between the time the patrol car pulled up to O’Neil, and the time the officer fired the fatal shot.

According to a report from The Mercury News, police officials claimed O’Neil was “suspected of assaulting a California Lottery employee and stealing a van that belongs to the agency.”  Officers then “chased the van and another SUV seen traveling with it to an area of public housing where O’Neil was shot.”

Police claim that O’Neil was driving the Lottery van, when he jumped out of it while it was still running, and then ran towards their patrol car. They also noted that the four individuals in the SUV took a different route, were stopped by police and arrested, and have since been released with no charges.

More than 50 residents attended the town hall meeting, many of whom had questions about the shooting, and when they watched the Body Cam footage from the shooting for the first time, KTVU reported that they responded with “gasps, cries and angry shouts.”

Murder! That was murder,” Several residents began shouting after they saw the footage, which was live-streamed on the San Francisco Examiner’s Facebook page.

“They hate us! They hate us! They hate us!” shouted San Francisco resident Gwendolyn Woods, the mother of Mario Woods. Her 26-year-old son was shot and killed by police in the same neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2015—almost two years to the day before the shooting that killed O’Neil.

The Mission Local reported that Gwendolyn Woods also called out Police Chief Bill Scott, who has been head of the department for less than a year.

“What are you going to do?” Woods shouted. “Because the way that baby (O’Neil) and my baby (Woods), Kenneth Harding, Idriss Stelley, Alex Nieto … the way they were done—you’d better question it!”

Phelicia Jones, an activist and member of the group “Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods,” told KTVU that judging by “several officer-involved shootings in recent years, racist texting scandals” and the hiring of Police Chief Scott, she believes there are a number of ways in which the San Francisco Police Department still struggles with racism.

“OK, so we have a black police chief—that’s good, but what changed?” Jones said. “For us, nothing has changed.”

The text accompanying the Body Cam footage claimed that the San Francisco Police Department was attempting to increase transparency by requiring their officers to use Body Cameras, and by releasing the footage to the public. However, it should be noted that the officer who fired the fatal shot was the only one whose Body Cam was turned on, according to the department.

“The release of this video and other information is not to be understood to provide any evidence that a conclusion has been reached in this investigation. As with all evidence, video evidence from body worn cameras may contribute to an understanding of an event or interaction, but to fully understand an encounter or an event, other evidence is always necessary.

This is an active and ongoing investigation in the early stages. All information is preliminary. Separate investigations are being conducted by the SFPD Homicide Detail, Internal Affairs Division, the SF District Attorney’s Independent Investigation’s Bureau and the Department of Police Accountability.”

Keita O’Neil was unarmed when he was shot by the officer, and he was pronounced dead after he was taken to a hospital. The name of the officer, as well as his status of employment with the department following the shooting, have not yet been released.

Watch the Body Camera footage below:

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Another Director For Lockheed Skunkworks Mentions A Craft With A Drive That Alters Space & Time

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Lockheed Martin is a military contractor that manufactures advanced aircraft and propulsion systems. They’re known for building some of the most advanced technologies known to man, and for years, all of the engineering, science, and technology, for the most part, has been locked up in Black Budget programs that have absolutely no oversight from Congress. This is according to a 1997 U.S Senate report. This means that nobody, not even those who have ‘high level’ positions within the military, political, and intelligence communities, knows exactly what’s going on.

Many of these programs are completely unacknowledged, and the United States has had a history of government agencies existing in secret for years. While the National Security Agency (NSA) was founded in 1952, its existence was hidden until the mid 1960s. Even more secretive is the National Reconnaissance Office, which was founded in 1960 but remained completely secret for 30 years, along with all of the technology it was using.

You can read a more in-depth article on the Black Budget here.

The same type of secrecy surrounds our space program, and what’s now known as The Secret Space program. Who knows what’s really going on up there.

“It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction, when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard. It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy, when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects about which both the Congress and the Commander in Chief have been kept deliberately in the dark.”

– Former Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer (source)

This is why when Steve Justice, the recently retired Director of Advanced Systems at Lockheed Skunkworks, signed on board with To The Stars Academy, it raised some eyebrows. To The Stars is an initiative to let the public know that Unidentified Flying Objects are real, and they commonly perform maneuvers that defy our known laws of physics. It’s goal, one out of many, is to bring forth these technologies that have been locked up in the black budget world in order to help humanity thrive.

They will be working directly with the U.S. government to release video footage, documents, and more. Now, what does this all mean? What are the intentions? Who is providing these people with information, and who is providing the U.S. government with information? Those are completely different topics, but it would be sensible to exercise caution, as it’s not uncommon for Western governments, corporations, and media to deceive us, to twist stories for their own personal gain. This is also a possibility with regards to the UFO phenomenon.

So, what did Mr. Justice have to say? Well, a lot of things. One of the first statements he made using the To The Stars platform is that, when it comes to the technologies he’s been around, worked with, and seen, it would be an understatement to call them revolutionary.

He also stated, while discussing the concept for the craft that To The Stars plans to build, the following:

This is a concept for an international point-to-point transportation craft that will erase the current travel limits of distance and time. It mimics the capabilities observed in unidentified aerial phenomenon by employing a driver system that alters space-time metric. We have glimpses of how the physics of this works, but we need to harvest technologies from the Science Division to “realize” the capability.

By making this statement, he is telling the world that Unidentified Flying Objects (which are commonly tracked on military radar) utilize a device that somehow combats the problem of distance and time, making it easy for them to travel what we humans perceive as great and impossible distances in a short period of time.

“There is another way, whether it’s wormholes, or warping space, there’s got to be a way to generate energy so that you can pull it out of the vacuum, and the fact that they’re [extraterrestrials] here shows us that they found a way.” (source) – Jack Kasher, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Nebraska.

Another representative, Chris Mellon (CIA), commented: “To the Stars represents an opportunity to reach beyond the normal boundaries of Aerospace to create products that we can call them revolutionary and that’s too mild of a word.” 

Louis Elizondo, who recently retired from the Pentagon, “ran a sensitive aerospace threat identification program focusing on unidentified aerial technologies” where he learned that, as he mentions in the video below at approximately the 20 minute 50 second mark, “the phenomenon is indeed real.”

You can watch the livestream of all these individuals speaking here.

These are the latest public disclosures dealing with the topic, but for the past few years, hundreds of such people have come forward to speak publicly about the phenomenon.

What makes the comments of Steve Justice so interesting is that one of his predecessors, Ben Rich, has also been rumoured to make the following remark:

We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do it. . . . We now have technology to take ET home. No it won’t take someone’s lifetime to do it. there is an error in the equations.

When Rich was asked how UFO propulsion worked, he said, “Let me ask you. How does ESP work?” The questioner responded with, “All points in time and space are connected?” Rich then said, “That’s how it works!” (This seems to be related to quantum entanglement, which you can read more about here.)

What’s the source for these quotes? There are multiple sources; to access them and read more about Ben Rich, you can read this story we put out on him a couple of years ago.

Related CE Article: A Top Secret Black Budget Secret Space Program That’s Reverse Engineered Extraterrestrial Technology? 

Other Related Articles:

It’s Official – We Now Know That “UFOs” or “UAP” Are Real – So Are They Extraterrestrial or Not?

Is A False Flat Alien Invasion In The Works? Whernher Von Bruan’s Colleague Seems To Think So

Breaking – US Government Set To Release Official Video Footage, Pictures & Documented Evidence of UFOs

We have a plethora of articles available for reading on the UFO/Extraterrestrial phenomenon. They are all archived in the exopolitics section of our website.

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Obamacare Set To Drive New Wave Of Hospital Bankruptcies

Back in 2008, one of the biggest arguments in favor of Obamacare was that the legislation would help alleviate bad debt at hospitals created by people who required emergency care but didn’t have health insurance or the financial means to cover their treatment.  Of course, like most promises made about Obamacare, the exact opposite of the Left’s original theories has played out in reality as restructuring lawyers are now warning that the healthcare industry is about to experience a massive wave of hospital bankruptcies.  Per Bloomberg:

A wave of hospitals and other medical companies are likely to restructure their debt or file for bankruptcy in the coming year, following the recent spate of failing retailers and energy drillers, according to restructuring professionals. Regulatory changes, technological advances and the rise of urgent-care centers have created a “perfect storm” for health-care companies, said David Neier, a partner in the New York office of law firm Winston & Strawn LLC.

Some signs are already there: Health-care bankruptcy filings have more than tripled this year according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and an index of Chapter 11 filings by companies with more than $1 million of assets has reached record highs in four of the last six quarters, according to law firm Polsinelli PC. Junk bonds from companies in the industry have dropped 1.4 percent this month, a steeper decline than the broader high-yield market, according to Bloomberg Barclays index data.

Since 1997, health-care cases have made up only 5.25 percent of all U.S. bankruptcy filings, according to Bloomberg data. Year to date, they already comprise 7.25 percent of all filings. Emergency-room operator Adeptus Health, cancer-care provider 21st Century Oncology, and cancer treatment specialist California Proton Treatment are the largest filings. Those statistics exclude pharmaceutical company Concordia, which is restructuring in Canada, and Preferred Care Inc., one of the U.S.’s largest nursing home groups, operating 108 assisted living facilities.


So what has caused the sudden onset of hospital failures?  Well, because Obamacare’s architects were so certain their legislation would completely eliminate uninsured citizens in the U.S., they decided to offset the costs of the “Affordable Care Act” by eliminating subsidy payments to hospitals that had previously been used to cover losses from treating uninsured patients…

Hospitals, including private rural ones, may be among the hardest hit, Winston & Strawn’s Neier said. The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, reduced payments to hospitals that serve a large number of poor and uninsured patients, known as “disproportionate share hospitals,” on the theory that more patients would be insured under the law. Congress delayed those cuts several times, but didn’t do so for the current fiscal year, which may “single-handedly throw hospitals into immediate financial distress — many operate on less than one day’s cash,” he said in an interview.

“Smaller hospitals have already been struggling for years,” said Kristin Going, a partner in the New York office of Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP. Both lawyers declined to discuss specific companies. Since 2010, a growing number of patients have enrolled in high-deductible health plans that force them to shoulder more of costs when they get treatment, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That has translated into more bad debt from customers for hospitals and other providers.

Some publicly traded hospital companies that were already under pressure from high debt loads have been further buffeted by this year’s hurricanes. Community Health Systems Inc., with $1.9 billion in debt maturing in 2019, has suffered doctor revolts over crumbling, cash-strapped facilities, as well as losses linked to the storms in Texas and Florida earlier this year. A representative for Community Health didn’t return a call seeking comment.

…of course, here in reality, things didn’t quite play out so perfectly as surging Obamacare premiums have pushed more and more people into  high deductible plans or have forced them to forego insurance altogether and opt instead to simply pay the tax penalties levied by the legislation.  Shocking that folks could simply absorb a doubling of their healthcare premiums in 4 years.

Just more proof that Obamacare is working perfectly and should be left just as it is…

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This e-bike conversion kit uses friction drive to electrify any bike

The Rubbee X, which claims to add 30 miles of sweat-free riding to any bike, weighs under 9 pounds and can be added or detached to a bike “in just one second.”

While some companies are focusing on delivering a complete electric bike built from the ground up, which in many cases are being sold as a solution for older non-cyclists (or lapsed cyclists) to take some of the effort out of riding, others are looking to leverage the vast numbers of conventional bikes already in use by offering a drop-in conversion kit.

However, some of these drop-in e-bike conversion kits cost quite a bit of money, and can be more expensive than a complete e-bike, which keeps them out of reach of those on a tight budget. But in recent weeks, there have been a few affordable plug-and-play electric conversion kits hit the market, such as the Swytch, as well as a friction-drive option priced as low as $160. This looks to be a growing trend, as not everyone wants, or can afford, a brand new bicycle just to get an electric drivetrain.

Lithuania’s Rubbee, which brought a previous iteration of its friction drive system to life via crowdfunding in 2013, is launching its latest model, the Rubbee X, with a Kickstarter campaign. This all-in-one unit is installed with a locking mechanism onto the rear of the seat post, where its mounting system allows it to be attached or detached quickly. The X has room for three batteries, which when used together are said to allow for a 30-mile riding range per charge, but it can also be used with a single battery installed for a lighter weight and a shorter riding range.

The Rubbee X weighs just 8.8 pounds with three lithium-ion batteries installed, and can deliver a 350W electric boost to the rear wheel, but the bike can also be ridden conventionally (without the device touching the wheel) until the electric drive is needed. A wireless cadence sensor allows for the electric drive system to respond to the rider’s pedaling, a regenerative braking feature can add riding range, and a rear ‘smart’ brake light is intended to help with visibility. The charging time for the unit with all three batteries installed is said to be about 2.5 hours, and because the X is light and simple to detach, it’s easy to secure and to charge.

Of course, because it’s 2017, there’s an app for the Rubbee X, which allows for selecting the level of pedal-assist, tracking rides, and collecting data about power output and regenerative braking statistics with its “advanced ride analytics.”

Rubbee is currently running a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch the X, with backers at the £269 (US$355) level claiming the first units when they ship in June of 2018. More information is available at the Rubbee website.

Remember, crowdfunding projects can be risky, so buyer beware.

h/t New Atlas

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The Bizarre Road Tunnel Which Sends People Who Drive Through It ‘Back In Time’

The tunnel in Guizhou Province, China, became the focus of investigation after hundreds of people reported going back in time once they exited the 400-metre structure.

Most people reported gaining an hour in time after continuing their drive outside the tunnel, as their mobile phones had gone back exactly 60 minutes.

The phenomena became so well known that one journalist working for the Gui Yang Evening News decided to carry out an experiment.

He drove through the tunnel – an about five minute journey – ten times, and reported gaining an hour on eight of the trips.

With no apparent explanation, and the time gain baffling so many people, conspiracies and theories have abounded online, including everything from real time travel to alien abductions.

One person posted on neowin.net: “Clearly the drivers have missing time, and were probed by aliens.”

Another said: “Maybe the reason why China has so many of the worlds longest living people is not so much because they’re old, but because they spend so long stuck in traffic driving through magic time travel space tunnels.”

Another said: “This sounds wacky, must be a time tunnel, for sure.”

But those who experienced gaining the hour, said they soon lost it again after driving further away from the tunnel.

Local TV media said science had come up with a mundane explanation.

It was said to be later found that a phone transmitter on one side of the tunnel was sending out an incorrect signal, which put phone clock’s times back by an hour, and it was put right after they zapped a correct one further up the road.

Others have suggested it is a magnetic anomaly.


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One day, you’ll be able to charge your car while you drive

Folks have been talking about wireless electric vehicle charging for some time now, and most of the time I’ve never really understood the point. After all, wireless charging of anything involves inherent inefficiencies, and if we can design a car that drives by itself, surely we can design one that also plugs itself in when it’s done. (Preferably in a non-creepy fashion!)

That said, where wireless charging seems to make more sense—at least to my technically challenged brain—would be in situations where stopping to charge would be detrimental to your journey. Charging buses at bus stops, for example, may help extend their range, and the idea of a road that constantly topped up your car as you drive would certainly eliminate range anxiety on road trips.

This latter idea appears to be getting closer to reality. In fact Qualcomm recently demonstrated a 100 meter (328 ft) long strip of roadway that has been fitted with induction charging plates, and showed that it could deliver a 20kW of charge to two Renault Kangoo vans, driving at up to 110 km/h (68mph). Of course, 100 meters of driving is not going to give you a meaningful amount of power, but eventually—the hope is—that several miles of roadway could deliver a significant boost in overall range.

Robert Llewellyn recently took his Fully Charged show to witness the demonstration. It’s certainly interesting, and encouraging, but there’s not much talk about how efficient it is. Robert does tell us that the system is only “on” when there’s a vehicle driving on it, but how much energy is lost to the air? Certainly, commenters on Fully Charged’s YouTube channel are deeply, deeply skeptical. After all, how long will it be before cars that have 400 or 500 mile ranges make the problem of stopping a fairly moot point? Still, the developers themselves are fairly transparent: This is a research project being used to test feasibility. It won’t be arriving on our highways any time soon.

Check it out. It’s deeply fascinating. And if you like what you see, please consider supporting Fully Charged through Patreon.

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