A new futuristic electric technology set to trial in the UK soon, and could charging its way underneath a road near you!
The new technology trial, funded by the Government and managed by Highways England, will power cars through a charging infrastructure situated beneath the road’s surface. Removing the need for static charge points. It literally charges your car as you drive!
One could say it’s similar to the wireless charging technology we’re seeing for mobile phones and portable devices, where you can simply place your device upon a “charging mat” instead of plugging it in with a cable.
At present, electric cars can only do long distance trips by taking extended breaks for conventional plug-in charging. The newly-announced 18-month trial programme is based on the installation of a charging infrastructure under chosen test roads. Specially adapted vehicles will be used to check the technology’s efficiency.
“Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace,” said Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson. “We’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways and major A-roads.”
Besides wireless charging technology, Highways England has reaffirmed the government’s Road Investment Strategy commitment to install 20-mile plug-in charging points on the motorway network.
“The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector,” said Transport Minister Andrew Jones. “As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.”
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