One day electric cars and trucks could charge each other on highways

One team of researchers believe a peer-to-peer charging system that allows electric vehicles to “lend” energy to another vehicle could be an answer to this problem.

Their theory, published in January 2020 as a pre-print (that is, it is yet-to-be peer reviewed) on arXiv, describes a system whereby an electric car’s battery is divided into two portions – one to power the car and one to accept power…

The peer-to-peer charging car system (dubbed P2C2 by the paper’s authors) would work by joining two vehicles with extendable, telescopic and flexible arms with charging connectors on the end – all the time driving down the open road.

Naturally, both vehicles would also require V2X (in this case, vehicle-to-vehicle) technology to be able to share power.