U.K. to begin testing "electric highways" that will charge electric vehicles wirelessly

Highways England has announced that it will soon start testing in-road wireless charging technology that will charge electric vehicles wirelessly – on the go.

Highways England wireless charging


Imagine how cool it would be to drive an electric vehicle without ever having to worry about stopping to charge it. The technology sounds out of this world, but it could soon become a reality, since Highways England has announced that it will soon start testing in-road wireless charging technology. The technology would charge electric vehicles wirelessly from under the road’s surface – allowing EVs to be driven longer distances without having to stop and charge the car’s battery.
Highways England is a government-owned company that is responsible for managing England’s core road network. The trials are expected to begin later this year by fitting vehicles with wireless charging technology and testing the equipment, installed underneath the road, to replicate motorway conditions. The trials are expected to last for approximately 18 months, which could then be followed by on road trials.

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“The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities. 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,” stated Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

In addition to testing the new technology that would give electric vehicles the ability to recharge wirelessly, Highways England also plans to install plug-in charging ports every 20 miles on motorway network.

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